My Donegal Garden – April 2020
The month of April has heralded glorious weather, with LOTS of new growth – a real tonic for Body, Mind and Soul.
I took more photographs than usual, so I have set up a little slideshow of views across my garden:
My tulip collection has grown over the last ten years, and includes a number of species.
Tulipa tarda is a low growing variety that seem happy alongside these purple heuchara, in a shady spot under my birch tree.
I have a large group of coral tulips – Van Eijk, Magic Van Eijk, and Toronto, gracing my front garden:
A group of double yellow tulips grow happily nearby, surrounded by blue forget-me-nots:
A vibrant celebration of colour smiles in pots at my back door, including tulips Negrita and Ballerina, alongside their friends muscari and dwarf narcissus:
Tulip Shirley metamorphs from lime green to yellow, to cream and pale purple:
Shade Loving Plants
Tulip Shirley grows at the edge of my shady border, which also includes pulmonaria and bleeding heart. Very soon, a host of aquilegia will be flowering around them in a rainbow of colours.
Pulmonaria and Bleeding Heart
Wild Primrose gather in groups until my birch tree, and around my pond but a few babies have self seeded in my gravel paths:
I also have a growing collection of fritillaria meleagris thriving in the shade:
My three apple trees are covered in pink blossom, and I look forward to enjoying their offspring in apple pies, crumbles and sauces…
I have been busy sowing seeds for the future including jacob’s ladder, zinnia, cosmos, sunflowers, nasturtiums, livingstone daisies…
Some little shoots of green are already emerging, and I look forward to nursing them into maturity:
The first of my daisy collection – Marguerites, are opening out in the sunshine:
I look forward to yet another year of growth.
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Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
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