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 […]
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.
James Galway Roses May is always a delight in the garden, with a myriad of new flowers coming into bloom. Let’s start with the Roses. Roses “James Galway” is already overflowing with glorious pink perfume, that I sniff on a regular basis. The bees love it too! “Pilgrim,” is now in full flower, but in this photograph, she is just […]
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 […]
January ended on a cold note with two nights of hard frost, plus a small scattering of snow. Thankfully, it caused no lasting damage in the garden. The seasons are constantly shifting, and Spring is early again this year. In the past week, temperatures have soared to 17 degrees! These miniature Narcissus emerged in January, and are still providing a […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
“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 […]