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Wonder wreath | How lichen found its way into my Christmas wreath.

    Every year, at the start of December the excitement of Christmas comes over me. December is that time of the year when I feel like I’m able to slow down a little, light the fire and start reflecting on the year gone by. I love the start of the festive season and almost like the build up to Christmas  more than the actual day. Decorating the house, baking

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Dark Habits | Black in the Garden

  Is there any colour more elegant than black? When it comes to fashion black has long been a favourite of many designers, bringing an understated chic style to any outfit or collection. It is a truly timeless colour-think of the little black dress, the black suit and the black t-shirt, staples I can’t ever see going out of fashion. Within garden design the colour black is used in various

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Autumn Fireworks | happy Halloween!

I love Autumn! The crisp cool days, the fun of Halloween and the general calming down of the landscape around us. It’s a time when I often find myself reflecting on the year and taking time to re-evaluate and recharge my batteries. One of my favourite things about this time of the year is the transformation that happens in our gardens. The quieting down of colours and gentle dying down

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News | A wild Atlantic collaboration

I am so excited to announce that award-winning jeweller and goldsmith, Martina Hamilton, has asked me to be her brand ambassador as she launches five new pieces to her Shore Collection. Martina Hamilton has been designing distinct jewellery collections for more than 30 years in her studio in Sligo. Her award-winning designs are inspired by the ever-changing Atlantic coastal landscape and all her pieces are handmade in Ireland by studio craft

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Bold and the Beautiful

  I know Autumn is fast approaching when the leaves start to drift off the trees and perennials are starting to turn delicious shades of gold and orange.  It is at this time every year I always get the urge to start planning for next years flower display in the border. The look of this years design is still fresh in my mind and I always think Autumn is a

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Dream Garden Course @The Model Sligo

Design your Dream Garden – Saturday 25 November 2017 Autumn is the ideal time to start designing your garden! This intensive one day workshop helps you design your dream space on the day. Facilitated by award winning garden designer, interior architect and bestselling garden author Leonie Cornelius, the day will explore what it takes to create really special spaces. From the initial dreaming of a concept, your functional requirements and

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The early Autumn garden | how to create a fall haven

I love autumn in my garden. Though many plants are preparing for dormancy, and most of the stronger summer colour is gone, there is something so restful and beautiful about the garden at this of the year. With temperatures becoming cooler we also tend to get some lovely crisp, sunny days which draw us outside and with a little thought we can create lovely spaces to enjoy even in the

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Recipe | Stewed Damson compote

 Some of the most delicious recipes find their strength in simplicity. I love this easy recipe using damsons. It’s so delicious over everything from porridge to granola and even added to a bit of greek yoghurt as a snack. It’s also delicious served with cheeses as a chutney style jam. Despite tasting quite tart and acidic, damsons are actually high in natural sugars making them perfect for this recipe.  What

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Growing your own plum trees

Is there anything better than picking fruit fresh from the tree? I think that every garden should have at least one fruit tree and one of the most delicious and fairly easy to grow ones is the Prunus domestica, or plum tree. I am a big fan of these lovely trees that not only look lovely in stature and leaf but also have a great yield of delicious fruit for

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Lavender Love

There are a few plants for the garden that are instantly recognisable and firm favourites year after year. Lavender is one such plant and I think no garden can do without at least a few of these Mediterranean beauties. There are so many great things about these evergreen shrubs native to the old world- from across Europe, particularly the Mediterranean and across the Cape Verde and Canary Islands to Northern

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