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LEONIE CORNELIUS & FRIENDS

Category Irish Mail on Sunday

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Easter 2016’s Prime Rose

Primroses are flowers that many people associate with the very subtle delicate pale yellow of our native Primula vulgaris. Growing at the borders of woodland and beside hedges this beautiful native flower,  to about 10cm-25cm the lovely plant can even have an evergreen habit if it has the right conditions. It is native to Western and Southern Europe and the plants were thought to have been first grown in Ireland small

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The Rainbow Goddess

The fabulous early blooming dwarf Iris one of those plants that look great in most garden schemes.  Blooming early, some even as early as January, I would find it hard to believe that anyone can anyone resist buying these flowers in the garden centre. They are delightfully purple and feathery at a time of the year when there is very little colour to be had. In the garden I love

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Hellebore Witchcraft

Invisibility powders and Flying ointments. Stories about the fascinating Hellebore never fail to amaze. One of my favourite flowers of all time is definitely the Hellebore. These Winter and Spring flowering herbaceous evergreen perennials, native to Greece and Asia, are one of the plants in my garden that is always rewarding to look at.  All through the year the shiny leathery foliage forms areas of striking texture in the border

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Corkscrew Silhouette

  The unusual Corkscrew Hazel is one small tree that is a real showstopper in a late Spring and Winter garden. Not only is it a fantastic little tree within a planting scheme, it also looks so visual as a single tree in a planter or large pot.  This deciduous large shrub or small tree is as beautiful in the Winter months as it is in Summer. In fact, in

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The colour of our Boglands

There are not many plants that are as rewarding all year round as the Winter flowering Heather. Here in Ireland we have quite a few varieties of Heather growing wild in our boglands and mountains. The latin name for Heathers is actually Erica and they are related to other acid loving plants such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons. The fact that most species like a more acidic type of soil means

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Striking Tulip

I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to my new weekly column here at the Irish Mail on Sunday. My page aims to be an interesting collection of inspiring stories, all about planting, garden design and all things creative. Each week I will outline a different plant, explore a fascinating event or place and give tips on products and materials. If you want to ask me a garden design based

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