Posts by leonie

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Garden Flower Party

I love the changing of seasons. There is something truly magical about watching the garden gradually change from one season to another. Colour tones shifting in their greens, textures emerging or softening and small explosions of colour surprise. A well designed garden space is a tapestry of ever changing planting which changes gradually, through morphing of shapes, merging textures and of course the constant opening and fading of blooms. Our

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Grow your own Orchard

One of my earliest memories in the garden is picking fresh apples from a tree in my friend’s garden. Drawn in by the shiny red and perfectly imperfect spheres, we picked a couple and when I bit into the small fruit, the taste was a totally different one from shop bought apples. Tangy yet sweet and distinctly apple-like and yet it was fresher than any other apple I had every

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Go Green

Many of us enjoy planting some fruit or vegetables in our gardens. Growing something together as a family and seeing the seeds turn to plants, through to the harvest and all the way to our table is an incredibly wholesome and rewarding experience, one which teaches us patience and respect for the things we eat on an everyday basis. Also, anyone who has ever cooked with their own vegetable will

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Get your wild on at W8 village

How a local regeneration project in the rural countryside has put Leitrim on the map Yesterday I had a lovely day. Just back from a trip away I was heading to check on a recently completed planting job, expecting to make some final snag lists on mulching, weeding and pruning and then head off again. Instead, I found this particular design happily settling into the borders- weeding complete, beds mulched

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A call to the Great outdoors | Bloom in the Park 2019

When was the last time you took a walk outside in our amazing wild landscape? I love exploring off the beaten track, discovering new paths leading to new views and stunning scenery. There is something about wandering aimlessly which makes you feel calm and rejuvenated, and sometimes I think that every new discovery brings a subtle shift in perspective. How therapeutic the rich green corners in the forest are, full

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LEAFY | The shape of things to come

Today I spotted the first leaf buds on the trees outside my office window. These tiny nibs of tightly-furled green always send a tickle of excitement through my veins. Are we really that close to Spring? To daffodils and April sunshine and my first salty surf of the year?   While we have one of the mildest Winters in a long time and a seemingly early onset of Spring, the optimistic

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A Day in Your Garden -Garden Design package

  Not everyone needs a full garden design which incorporates all elements. Sometimes you just need that little bit of advice to make your garden come to life.  My  ‘A Day in Your Garden’   package gives you exactly this- expert advice for exactly the things you need help with. Whether planting, design questions or getting an idea for your space- this fun explorative session aims to help you turn

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New Year ✩ New kitchen garden

This morning I came across a picture of my garden last Summer. A lush green canvass full of happy dots of purple and pink and looking at out the window at the Winter garden now, it almost feels like I dreamed it. Is it really possible that a garden can be so vastly different? In a way this is what I love most about gardens, the changing seasons and the

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Roasted golden Baby beets with whole caramelised garlic cloves

This one’s all from the garden. The baby beets, the garlic and even the olive oil and lemon juice (though admittedly the olives and lemons were not grown by me!).  This is the most simple recipe out of all and makes for a super nibble to serve due to the bite size of the gorgeous beets and the sweetness of the roasted garlic. The key is all about the freshness

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Oven roasted organic Chicken with garden stuffing served with pomegranate seeds

What you need:  -one medium size organic chicken (about 1.5kg) -olive oil -Pomegranate and fresh mint and thyme to serve For the stuffing: 100g Tartine baguette bread – broken into pieces 1 tablesp. fresh thyme, chopped 1 tablesp. fresh mint, chopped 1 small shallot, cut into quarters 2 cloves of peeled and chopped garlic  Salt and freshly ground black pepper 50g Irish butter, softened To Make the Stuffing: Place the

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