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Chrysanthemum | The September Garden gem

Every year, when late Summer turns into early Autumn the passing of the seasons suddenly becomes so apparent. The cooler misty mornings and browning tips of leaves always remind me  of the transience of nature, the ever changing game of growth and decay that makes the cycle of the garden such an exciting spectacle. Autumn is a time where many plants are preparing for the dormant period of Winter, stocking

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DESIGN SESSION with Leonie

Hello design friend! I’m very excited to welcome you to my brand new one hour one-on-one design session. I think that taking the first step to making your garden a special and unique space is one of the biggest steps in the whole process and I’m really excited to talk to you and get to hear your story. Creating a garden space for myself and my family has been one

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The L’Occitane Garden #1: Designing your own Blossom Garden

Have you seen my new collaboration with the amazing L’Occitane brand? In our new series we have teamed up to bring you inspiration on creating three different garden styles. The first one which you can read here is all about the power of blossoms as design inspiration! As a designer I love gardens which have put thought into early flowering. Not only is it a spectacular addition to the garden from an

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‘GARDEN ESSENCE’ Online garden design package

My new online garden package aim to get your creative juices flowing and give you your very own wow factor custom garden design concept and ideas for your space, from the comfort of your own home. So what is the Garden Essence package? While my traditional garden designs focus on the often relatively complex process of personal meeting, initial on-site survey and detailed drawings this new package aims to bring your

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Seeds of Joy- 5 small things we can all do to feel better right now

How is everyone doing right now? I wonder is anyone else going through some strange ups and downs? One minute I am feeling calm, hopeful for the future and enjoying the spells of sunshine here in my little corner in the West of Ireland….and the next- bam- I’m thrown into a spell of feeling a deep sense of blue. I think maybe it’s that uncertainty of where this is all

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The wild aesthetic

Welcome to your dream garden design I believe that an everyday connection to the wild is the basis of a more joyful way of living.  By surrounding ourselves with wildly beautiful gardens, immersing ourselves in stunning wild landscapes or allowing the power of plants and nature to inform all parts of our everyday living, we my design ideas aim to re-connect you with nature and empower you to live a wild

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GARDEN 101-Garden therapy

Everyone that spends time enjoying their garden knows that gardening is therapy. There is something about the fresh air, the touching of plants and appreciation of nature that slows us down and makes us feel good. Gardening undoubtedly has a positive impact on our psychological wellbeing. The garden is the perfect spot to relax and unwind and being surrounded by green is the perfect antidote to modern day stress of

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GARDEN 101-Scent-sational ♡ Tips for creating your own scented garden paradise

Ah the power of scent. What sense conjures up more emotion, more memories and more personal associations than scent? I have had a long fascination with this sense and even as a child I loved exploring my grandmothers perfume collection, closing my eyes and imagining what wonderful ingredients went into the mix to create this magical potion. Even then I could detect the dense woody notes which smelled like a

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GARDEN 101-The power of Green

When you think about gardens what is the first colour that comes to mind? You will undoubtedly answer green and this is no surprise considering that green is the colour of most planting and considered the colour most associated with Springtime, nature and growth. Even the word green comes from the middle English and Anglo Saxon word ‘grene’ which, like the German word grün has the same germanic root as the words

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INSPIRE-Wild Wreaths-Modern studies in tradition, sustainability and exquisite design

I can’t believe it’s already that glorious time of the year again. Fires are blazing, Christmas trees are up and the countdown to Christmas has begun. For me this time of the year is always a wonderful time of slowing down and allowing some time for crafts and creativity. One of my favourite things every year is to roam the mostly bare wild Atlantic fields around my house in search

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