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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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A Wicklow wonderland worthy of Alice

May is finally here. Even after an unusually cold start into the year we are now truly ready to get out and explore. At this time of the year there is no better place to admire the beauty of gardens than Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow. It is  hard to believe that this 1,000 acre oasis of woodland, spectacular mountain views and ancient parkland is on Dublin’s doorstep. The

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Cerulean blue Woodlands in May

May in Ireland is a wonderful time to explore our native woodlands. We are fortunate to have so many stunning places to choose from, wherever we may be in the country. Our native woodlands are brimming with life and are home to many rare species of animals and shade loving plants. We have many fantastic varieties of ferns which green up our forests at this time of the year in

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The Jewel of Persian Gardens

When it comes to gardens children tend to experience a space in a very different sense to how adults do. Where we adults immediately assess the garden in terms of our experiences of other gardens, style associations and flowers we may recognize, a child will most likely think, what part of this garden can I have fun in most? It is only when we become older that we start to

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Birr Castle Hanami- Celebrating the Cherry 花見

I have never had the pleasure of visiting Japan but for many reasons it is on the top three of my dream destinations worldwide.  From the minimalist, considered and elegant design which so inspired me as an architecture student to the ceremonies of tea drinking which teach us how to truly embrace the current moment, this fascinating country with such a wealth of traditions has long had a strong pull

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Wild Atlantic Blooms

One of my favourite quotes about the sea was written by the Danish author Karen Blixen: ‘The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.’. This is a wonderfully visual statement that always really appealed to me, I even have a mug with the quote written on it! Yes, I live near the sea and have been blessed to spend long, lazy, teenage summers surfing and

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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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