Cluain na dTor – Meadow of Shrubs

Cluain na dTor is one of 22 gardens featured in the 2017 Donegal Garden Trail. It is described in The Trail’s brochure as “Donegal’s tropical garden, inspirational and boldly experimental!” Seamus O’Donnell’s garden has been developed over a period of twenty years, and features many unusual plants collected from around the globe. The gardens include … More Cluain na dTor – Meadow of Shrubs

The Garden in June

May was a gloriously warm and sunny month here in Donegal. Unfortunately, June did not live up to expectations, and we endured rain, rain, and yet more rain… However, the garden is thriving and there are lots of new blooms to share. Pink Lavatera matches my garden chairs I planted this Lavatera back in 2011, … More The Garden in June

Bloom

I visited “Bloom” in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in early June this year – a little while after it’s English cousin “Chelsea” inspired millions of horticultural enthusiasts around the globe. A local bus company took myself and a party of keen Donegal gardeners to our Irish floral heaven, and back home again – all in one … More Bloom

Bikes in Bloom

Floral display outside my favourite restaurant – “Danny Minnie’s” I live in County Donegal, on the north west coast of Ireland, which was recently voted “The Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic Traveller (UK). My village has been participating in Ireland’s national “Tidy Towns” competition for several years.  One of our star attractions … More Bikes in Bloom

The Garden in May

The view across the garden last week The garden is flourishing after a very warm start to the month of May, plus a few much needed downpours in the past fortnight. If this is your first visit to my garden, you will notice that it is devoid of grass, and filled with a number of (mostly) raised beds, … More The Garden in May

The Keukenhof Gardens#1

Tulips amidst a Sea of Muscari outside the Juliana Pavilion The Keukenhof Gardens are described as “the most beautiful spring garden in the world.” I would have to agree after visiting them for the first time two weeks ago. The gardens are located amongst the Dutch bulb fields, less than an hour away from Amsterdam. My sister and … More The Keukenhof Gardens#1

The Garden in March

  A view across the garden last Sunday evening March has (mostly) been warmer than usual.  Weekend temperatures soared into the high teens, a welcome reprieve after the inclement weather of our St Patrick’s Day festivities. The garden looked quite different in early March:   The miniature daffodils were smiling ahead of schedule. Crocuses were in full bloom: Pompom … More The Garden in March

The Garden in January

A winter view across my back garden I had another JOY filled afternoon last week, spent weeding and pottering in my garden. Thankfully, the mild autumn and winter weather has ensured I am well ahead of my usual gardening schedule.  I have gravel paths between my flower beds, with a strong barrier underneath, yet some determined weeds still manage to seed … More The Garden in January

Donegal- The Coolest Place on the Planet#2

Cows grazing near Dooey Beach Last week, I showcased some of my best photographs of County Donegal, which was recently voted “The coolest place on the planet” by National Geographic Traveller(UK). I feel incredibly blessed to live here. As promised, I am sharing more posts on Donegal. Mullaghderg Beach Walking the Wild Atlantic Way included photographs of both … More Donegal- The Coolest Place on the Planet#2