A Year in the Garden 2018

The weather remains mild here in Donegal, and Mother Nature seems more than a little confused.  Growth appears to be around a MONTH ahead of this time last year! It seems timely to share some of my floral highlights from 2018, before I continue with my regular monthly gardening posts: January/February/March April/May/June July/August/September October/November/December I feel incredibly blessed to have […]

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The Garden in November 2018

Helleborus niger “Verboom Beauty” with Cowslip and Primula Friends Having completed my garden tidy up last month, I have become more relaxed and perhaps lazy… Thankfully, the weather has been glorious – much nicer than both September and October. Until yesterday, when it turned both stormy and wet! Hopefully, it will have passed by the time this post is published. […]

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The Garden in September 2018

Purple Sedum “Autumn Joy” lifts this little corner of my garden September has been a tough month for the plants in my garden. They have been drenched by rain, and pounded by strong winds including Storm Ali. Happily, they have survived! Autumn Hues Rich autumn hues abound, including Sedum “Autumn Joy”- seen above. The glorious burnt orange of these Kaffir […]

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The Healing Power of Gardening

“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” Minnie Aumonier If you have been following my gardening posts, you will know that my garden has changed quite a bit since this post was first scheduled! I was given the keys to my current home back in September 2010 – an incredibly JOYful […]

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The Garden in August 2018

Gladioli  The garden seems to be more autumnal than last August. My flowers put on an early show with the long heatwave in May and June, and they have now run out of Steam! Sadly, the Gladioli which looked magnificent at the beginning of the month have now deceased. Agapanthus Agapanthus always make me smile. I have the white variety […]

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Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden

I have been very blessed to visit Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden on a number of occasions. The garden is one of twenty one gardens featured in The Donegal Garden Trail. http://www.donegalgardentrail.com It is now lovingly tended by Belinda Mahaffy – Jessie’s daughter. The garden is described in this year’s brochure as: “First established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a […]

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