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DESIGN MAGAZINE by LEONIE CORNELIUS

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Photo by Colin Gillen/framelight.ie

WB Yeats -Words for Music

A few years ago the talented poet and playwright John Kavanagh approached me to collaborate on some singing for an album called ‘Words for Music’. John had taken some works of WB Yeats and set them to beautiful melodies on guitar. Coming together to record the album, the songs morphed into stunning pieces of music, some slow, some fast and together with the producer James Blennerhasset and the incredible studio

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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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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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