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Christmas Creative project | Larch stars

The other morning while wandering in the garden I had this odd sensation that something was different. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but when I spotted a huge pile of leaves in one corner it hit me- where the previous day the scene still had accents of copper and yellow leaf, today there was absolutely no foliage left on any of the trees in the garden. This

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Winter Sunshine | Bring some Winter cheer to your border

I can’t believe it’s December! With the weather getting colder and the garden almost stripped back to a blank canvass, while I am ready to get excited about Christmas, I can’t seem to let my garden sleep just yet. I love planning ahead at this time of the year and planting some shrubs for colour now will really pay off all Winter long – as well as getting a head

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Vino Veritas | Why wine is going back to its roots.

 For many people, one of life’s pleasures is a good glass of wine after a long week at work. But when you take a sip of your rich red wine for example, sniff, and taste the delicious flavour and admire the unfolding depth, do you ever think of the plant which it has come from? Admittedly, even though the image of grapes often comes to mind while the drink rests

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The Gift of Garden giving

This year has absolutely flown! It seems like yesterday that I was thinking about sparkly lights, my annual colour scheme for my Christmas decorations, and getting excited about the wonderful fun of Christmas gifting. I love gathering clues throughout the year, taking note of what the people in my life like and collecting gifts which will hopefully make their faces light up with joy. When it comes to gardeners or

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Precious Daisy -An ode to the humble flower

Did you know that the daisy is one flower which grows everywhere in the world except the Antarctic? When I came across this fact again during my research for a recent project I’m working on I was reminded why the daisy is one of my absolute favourite flowers. Surely a plant which grows in the heat of an Australian landscape will struggle in the much cooler Canadian landscape? But this

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Master of Jewels | Garden advice from Jimi Blake

Get inspired by master plantsman Jimi Blake and plant your own border of jewels I love this time of the year. The garden is still full of colour and flashes of colour surprise and yet there is a change in the air. Waking this morning I saw a misty fog drifting over the lake, a sign of chilly air coming in. Arriving perfectly in time for back to school days

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Golden GOALs

Collaboration. What better way than working with other people to get ideas and creativity flowing? In the past ten years of running my own business I have worked with many people across numerous genres- ceramics, furniture, accessories, interiors and of course gardens. I truly think that every time you collaborate with someone, something unique happens. Something more than the sum of the parts and the people involved. The collaboration for

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The playful garden

Great gardens reflect the people that create them. This statement is something which I think of every time I visit a new garden. Particularly those gardens that make you stop for a moment and admire their uniqueness, gardens truly are an expression of the creators personality. Much like people’s homes, gardens are spaces where people can continue to express their style and lifestyle in a unique and interesting way and

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WILD & FREE- Native hedgerows series Part 4

Why our roadside perennials make more than just pretty borders Thought you knew the plants that grow on our roadsides? Well, I certainly thought I was familiar with most of them. That was, until I started to look a little closer and realised that our native roadside perennials are anything but simple. The other day, as part of my research for my ‘Native hedgerows’ series, I looked a little closer

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TEMPTING TEXTURES- Native hedgerows series Part 3

Embracing the grassy wilderness in our landscapes and gardens The landscape of Ireland is fascinating one to study with its many different geographical habitats. From our native coastlines to our open waters such as rivers and lakes and all the way to our country’s two major habitats- and bogland and grasslands, there is a mind-blowing diversity of flora and fauna, all of which come together to make up our unique

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