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LEONIE CORNELIUS & FRIENDS

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Heavenly Hedging

Almost every garden I know has some form of hedging in it. Whether for privacy at a boundary of a site, planted as a shelter-bed for windy sites or as formal surround and edging within a scheme, hedging plays so many different roles in our gardens. The plants featured this week are not necessarily in Bloom but nevertheless at their best this week. Some spectacular hedging can be found at

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Amethyst Architecture

There are not many plants as striking as the blue thistle like Eryngium planum. The evergreen amethyst coloured sea holly is a real show stopper with its pretty purple tint and fascinating silver foliage. This plant is native to central and southeastern Europe as well as Asia and its name comes from the Greek word hruggion which translates as  ‘a spiny leaved plant’. This plant is one that does well in most

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Meadow Medicine

It’s that time of the year when the days are getting shorter, and the early morning air holds promise of frost. Early Autumn is a beautiful time in the garden, borders are exploding in final colourful displays and seedheads are starting to add structure and texture through the landscape. Unfortunately Autumn is also the typical time of the year when many people catch a head cold. The late summer and

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Oh Happy Day

When someone says ‘happy’ what flower comes to mind? That’s right, for most it’s the cheery epitome of summer blooms, the Helianthus annuus, more commonly known as the sunflower. This hardy annual, which we found in the Kitchen Garden at Birr Castle,  is one of the best plants for sowing in the garden and is a fantastic project to take on with younger kids. Easy to grow and with incredibly

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Hi Pól, How are you? My name is Leonie Cornelius and I am a fellow Irish Independent Weekend Magazine columnist where I have had a weekly 'In Bloom this Week' article. I believe we are connected on twitter. I really enjoy your columns in the magazine every week. My own column is currently on hiatus due to advertisement reasons but should be back soon according to Leslie-Ann. In the meantime I am keeping myself busy with plenty of other work though like presenting the National Ploughing championships next week for RTE and lots of writing too. You can check out a bit of my previous and current work on my website http://leoniecornelius.com/category/writing/ I wanted to get in touch with you regarding an article I am writing about Rio de Janeiro, provisionally entitled 'Rio de Janeiro -The Green city'. I will be travelling over there in October and am aiming to write a detailed article about exploring the city from an urban garden perspective. From the Jardim Botanico, a stunning space at the heart of the city, to urban greening projects in the favelas I think Rio is a fascinating, and particularly green city to travel to. It's a city of great contrasts too and would make for a great story about how, despite having over 6 million inhabitants, the city is so lush in planting. My brother and his wife live in Rio and after my first visit last year I have wanted to go back and explore more of its many green areas. With the preparations for next years Olympics I think this article could be particularly relevant as well as interesting to the readers. I was wondering if you would be interested in me writing it for the travel section in the Independent? I have the bare bones of it written already but on my trip over am hoping to get lots of great shots of each area I will explore. Also, I will be fleshing out the story with many more details and can work to any word count you may need. I could forward you over an initial outline of how and what I will cover generally if you are interested. Have a look at some of the shots from last years trip which I took when I went over. (They were taken on an iphone so this years shots will be far better as I will be using a professional photographer over there). It does give a slight impression of the amazing flora that exists over there though they do it no justice. Let me know if this is something that interests you and I would be delighted to chat on the phone when it suits or send through my outline, Kind Regards, Leonie Leonie Cornelius Blume Design House +353877552159 leoniecornelius.com

Shady Gem

In late July every year, well planted borders everywhere are brimming over with colour and foliage. Having enjoyed masses of Spring bulb splendour and early summer Iris and Aquilegia, we come into a more substantial phase in the garden. In a symphony this phase would be called the crescendo, the time in a piece where everything comes to a dramatic climax. I think many gardens have this feel in August

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Soothing Sage

  You really know it’s sumer when you see the elegant tall spires of Salvia start to blossom in the border. These butterfly and bee friendly plants are part of the laminaceae family which is native to the Mediterranean region. Most people will probably recognize the name Sage as well known, culinary herb, whose slightly peppery flavour goes so well with fish dishes as well as our christmas Turkey, where

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Powerscourt in Bloom | Viburnum

  The summer holidays are finally here and many of us are heading away on beachy sun-filled breaks. Lying on the beach is the ultimate way to relax but plant and nature based holidays are proven to be a great way to de-stress and rejuvenate. One lovely nature themed package deal can be found right here in our own beautiful country. Powerscourt Hotel and Spa have created a ‘Powerscourt in

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He loves me, He loves me not

Many people consider the humble daisy a weed but to me there is nothing more cheery than a big, bold mass of daisies. Whether growing wild in a field or planted cheekily self seeding itself in containers this plant always reminds me of warm summer days looking up into a blue sky making daisy chains. Daisies have long been associated with purity, innocence and love and this particular daisy, which

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Salty Blooms

Over a year ago I was asked to design an outdoor space for a wonderful cafe in Strandhill, County Sligo, called Shells Surf Cafe. The popular artisan cafe and shop has a seafront location in a very exposed part of the Wild Atlantic, North-West of Ireland and designing an area of green at the front was indeed a challenge. The design brief had to take into account the cafe’s modern-vintage

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Blue Jewels

The hue of this week’s chosen plant is so recognizable that an actual colour has been named after the plant. Cornflower blue is a stunning shade of medium to light blue and was one of the favourite colours of the Dutch painter Vermeer. The flower that inspired the name Cornflower blue is the Centaurea, a fascinating plant with many uses and stories. Cornflowers is a common wildflower that is originally

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