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 I took a train to Schiphol […]

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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 Primula greeted each other after months […]

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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 through the stones, and the gentle winter […]

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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 Dooey and Mullaghderg beaches.  There […]

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A Pond No More!

My pond is definitely dead; it has sprung a leak and sadly cannot be repaired.  I shall transform it into a bog garden in the spring. Meanwhile, the remainder of my garden is ALMOST ready to sleep for winter.  I have been weeding and tidying in small bursts for several weeks, and only have a little weeding left to do; I shall then […]

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Flowers in Bloom – The Kingdom of Fife

The beautiful “Kingdom of Fife” lies north of the Firth of Forth and the city of Edinburgh. Fife’s inhabitants take great pride in their floral displays, enhancing already pretty villages and towns, increasing community spirit and attracting LOTS of visitors. Many of the villages are situated on the coast and have a seaside theme to their displays. A boat, an anchor, some old fishing […]

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The Floral Clock – Edinburgh

The Floral Clock with Princes Street in the background This weeks “Flowers in Bloom”post is a day late due to my having been on holiday – I am now back home. I used to marvel at the Floral Clock in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as a child, so I just HAD to pay a special visit there when I was in Edinburgh […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Angels Fishing Rods

Angels Fishing Rods Angels Fishing Rods are now gracing the edge of my wildlife pond.  They create an incredibly beautiful vision, swaying in the breeze on long pendulous stems. Directly across my gravel path, the vibrant reds of Crocosmia lucifer reach out to its gentle companion. Crocosmia lucifer on the left, underplanted with Alchemilla mollis

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The Vatican Gardens

St Peters Basilica overlooking more formal sections of The Vatican Gardens I LOVE to travel and take time to view new gardens, taking inspiration for my own little plot.  On 7th March 2009, I was incredibly blessed to take a guided tour of the Vatican Gardens; I was able book via the Internet. The Arboretum – a peaceful place for contemplation   Happy Ducks!   […]

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