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BOTANICAL LIFESTYLE by LEONIE CORNELIUS

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Queen of the meadow | a powerful medicine

At this time of the year Irish meadows are an explosion of colour, scent and beauty. Every year, in the Winter months I forget how impressive the totally natural display of planting is and then every Summer I am reminded again how spectacular our natural surroundings can be. On a walk in the fields near my house recently I felt giddy with excitement. Purple thistles soared up against the blue

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Mysterious Aztec jewels

  Looking at Dahlias you simply cannot help but admire their floriferous display. One of my favourite flowers for the Summer border, the beautiful South American native has so many faces. There are about 57,000 RHS registered cultivars of Dahlia and it is generally the hybrids that are available as garden flowers. The RHS lists fourteen groups of Dahlia and these are grouped by their flower shape. From simple open

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French Opium Delight | The sleep bringing poppy

The first time I cam across the real Opium poppy was at the Hortus Loci in the UK when I strolled through the heavenly nursery grounds in order to choose plants for my Chelsea in Bloom garden for the Dubarry of Ireland Flagship store on King’s Road. The choice at this nursery is truly incredible with colour exploding at every turn and one of the true stars of the show

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Inspiration from the masters of the Wild

Have you ever come across a garden and sighed with the sheer impact it has on you? As a garden designer and writer this is one effect which I am always searching for, in my own designs but also in gardens I visit and write about. Clever composition in planting is one important aspect of a garden that feels magical. Carefully placed plants, with sympathetic companions make for visual feasts

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Food for Egyptian gods | The Lupin and its fascinating foodie history

  Most of us know the lovely herbaceous perennial Lupin as a useful addition to the garden border. A very pretty plant with textured leaves and candelabra shapes flowers, it is one  that adds great colour and useful verticality to a planting scheme. Not many people however know the interesting history and fascinating uses of this plant in the culinary world. The Lupin or Lupine as it is known as

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Foxglove | The Fairy Flower

June is a wonderful time for our native hedgerows and borders. In many places all over Ireland there is an explosion of magenta-speckled, pink spires which brighten up even the dullest roadside. Almost everyone will recognize this stunning flower that sends spires of colour upwards and has such an elegant and yet impressive show of bell shaped flowers in late Spring and Summer. The Foxglove, or Digitalis, is one of

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Croatia | an Adriatic gem

My love affair with Southern Europe started when I was about a year old. My parents, true adventurers, took me to spend a year on the incredible island of Ithaka in Greece. I think it was this early experience of arid landscape, cerulean skies and hot air scented with Rosemary, Sage and Lavender, which has seen me drawn to similar landscapes all my life.  Whether the Greek islands, the most

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Greece to Giverny- a flower with diva qualities

Gardens are exciting ever changing eco-systems that never look the same two days in a row. Within this there are some plants in the garden that look good at most times of the year. Take for example Rosemary, the shrub gives valuable green to a winter space and looks pretty striking even when not in flower. These plants are not the ones that are the stars of the show, the

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Let’s plant some shit! | How Guerilla Gardening is taking over our cities

It’s no secret that Ireland’s population is becoming more and more urban. According to the Central statistics office up to 66% of our whole population lives in cities and suburbs with almost 40% of your urban population living in Dublin and its suburbs. This trend is further on the rise, not only in Ireland but worldwide where we have seen a colossal global urban shift. Despite this shift and the

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From Persia to the Provence | Perfume and its magical power

The history of perfume is fascinating and is shrouded in mystery, seduction and sacred practice. Its story brings us all the way back to as early as 7000BC, when found objects that hold perfume and cosmetics are thought to date back to. At that stage perfumes were mainly resins and even 2000 BC Egyptians captured fragrances in cold or heated fat and they used scented incense as offers at the

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