My Donegal Garden – Hot Colours in the Borders

At summer’s zenith, my garden is emboldened with lots of hot hues, that liven up the borders. Orange Day Lilies brighten this corner of the central bed: Crocosmia Lucifer stands tall and proud behind Salvia hotlips, Geranium psilostemon, Rose “Paul Scarlet” and Fuschia. It looks well against the dark foliage of my purple Elder tree, while white Lilies emerge angelically […]

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An Inspiring Introduction to Beekeeping

Continuing my quest to learn more about bees, I recently attended a beginners day on beekeeping  at my former workplace – The Glasshouses, Killult http://www.natithegloine.com Hive Health The day began with watching several videos from The University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre http://www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/videos.shtml on best techniques for opening hives and colony inspection. In summer, it is good practice to […]

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Wordless Wednesday- Midsummer in my Donegal Garden

This month’s garden post is part of Wordless Wednesday. 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.  

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The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle – Rainbows of Rhododendron and Azalea

The Pleasure Gardens In the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2008, I was very blessed to work in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle, set amidst Donegal’s Derryveagh Mountains. The gardens and castle are part of Glenveagh National Park, the second largest national park in Ireland. I like to return at least once a year, to reacquaint myself with The […]

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Supporting Natural Honeybees at Cluain na dTor Gardens

Bee populations are declining around the globe due to increasing loss of wild habitats, hunger from a decline in wild flowers, pests and diseases… Conservation and Rewilding I recently attended a one day workshop on the conservation and rewilding of natural honeybees, at Cluain na dTor Seaside Nursery and Gardens. The workshop was led by Mick Verspuij of “Boomtreebees” whose […]

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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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