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DESIGN MAGAZINE by LEONIE CORNELIUS

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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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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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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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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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GREAT HEIGHTS- Native hedgerows series Part 2

Celebrating the great Irish hedgerow Is there a more ubiquitous element of the Irish landscape than the hedgerow? That softly mounding linear dissection of our fields, often accompanied by stretches of native walling, is something so uniquely Irish and found everywhere from the northern tip of Rathlin island to the South of Bantry. Today, after returning from a recent trip abroad, I find myself smiling happily out the train window at

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