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Magical Magnolia

The first time I came across a Magnolia tree was as a child in my neighbours garden in County Leitrim. On a rural road, miles from the nearest town, a true plantsman had created a haven of beauty. To us as children finding this place seemed like we had stumbled upon a secret garden. Each cleverly separated space in the garden was like a little garden room and each was filled with it’s

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Versatile Viola

This time of the year is an incredibly exciting one for gardens. The recent stretch of warm weather has seen the plants in my garden shooting up, their beautiful colours starting to brighten up the borders. It’s also the time of the year where produce from the garden is bountiful and can be used in the kitchen again. I love using plants from my own garden for cooking and baking. Taking

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Kokedama

The art of Kokedama is a form of Bonsai and originated in Japan in the 1600’s. Originally the idea was to grow a plant in a pot until the roots were strong enough to display the plant in a hanging fashion, roots showing. The concept of creating a combination of suspended plants that together and each in itself creates its own little microcosm is fascinating and if you look up

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Blooming brew

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 18 April 2015 Camellias are native to Asia and grow at high altitudes of around 300–1,100 metres. The plants like slightly acidic soil and are most fond of partial shade but most do well in sunshine too. In China, Camellias are said to be lucky symbols and are used in offerings to the gods during the Chinese new year. A fascinating fact is that these beautiful

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Hyacinth the Divine Hero

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine 4 April 2015 There are not many plants that lend themselves to both indoor and outdoor use. One of the flowers most associated with Spring is the highly scented Hyacinth. This pretty plant is available in many colour variations and grows happily both indoors and shows it’s face from early to late spring in the garden. The common garden Hyacinth-Hyacinth orientalis- originates in Anatolia and was

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Blood of Adonis

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 28 March 2015 I can’t remember the last time I allowed a blood red flower into my garden. I am not sure how my avoidance of all things red started but whenever a blood red poppy happens to open its petals, it is always swiftly taken out and transplanted to other places, never quite feeling a part of the scheme.  My own garden you see

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Cleopatra’s Crocus

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 14 March 2015 There is something about yellow. Particularly at times of the year, where late frost and snow are making us snuggle deeper into our scarves and coats and feel like this winter will never end. Of all the early Spring bloomers the one that makes me smile the most is the humble yellow Crocus. The golden, rich warm hues of the early Spring

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Primulas at Lissadell

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 7 March 2015 Finally the time of the year has come where small bits of colour start to show in the garden and our natural environment. Over the past few weeks I have watched with delight as pretty Snowdrop have scattered in white drifts through gardens and small early varieties of Iris and Muscari lend a hue of blue and purple to borders. On a

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Echeveria terracotta

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 28 February 2015 One of my all time favourite plants is the succulent Echeveria agavoides. It is such flawless plant, with shiny, spiky leaves and a really glowing, shiny green. Often it also has a little pinky-red tip at the end of the leaves which give it an added hint of colour. It is a great plant for any type of well draining container and

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Gem stones

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 21 February 2015 I love the idea of creating a planter shape around a specific plant. Every plant is totally different, particularly with succulents where you have an endless array of shapes, sizes and textures. The idea of plants growing in a little piece of art really appeals to me and will make a collection of succulents really stand out in your home. With this

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