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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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Butterfly Beauty | The brazen urbanite that butterflies can’t resist

The summer garden always brings to mind one shrub that is instantly recognizable to most people; the Buddleja or Butterfly bush, as is is commonly known. The name immediately gives away what this shrub is all about and the softly scented flowers are often covered in butterflies which feed on its honey-scented nectar. This mostly perennial shrub has exotic origins in the far East and was brought to Europe in Victorian

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Carlow Garden Festival

The author Alfred Mercier had a quote which said “What we learn with pleasure we never forget”. There is so much truth in this idea. I certainly know that the information I remember in most detail has been given to me in friendly conversation with an expert or in lectures which the talker has made fun and accessible. In this context there is truly no better way to learn about

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Everyone has a Dream -the show garden

For anyone that had the pleasure of visiting Bloom in the park this year I think you’ll agree with me that it was an absolutely fantastic show. The biggest show ever with 120,000 visitors over the four days of the show and the atmosphere was incredible. For me the show gardens are always the highlight of every show and this year I was absolutely delighted to return with my own garden

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Bloom 2017 Competition | win a signed book and a Martina Hamilton pendant

Earlier in the year we collaborated on a wonderful photo shoot with the talented jewellery designer Martina Hamilton on Edenreagh Strand in north Sligo. The photographer Peter Martin took some incredible shots which we are all very proud of and show our side of the country so well. Martina will be showcasing her beautiful work at the craft village at Bloom and to  celebrate being there together we have a brilliant

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