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
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
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
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
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 … More A Pond No More!
Orange and Cerise Candelabra Primula coming into bloom with central Iris Siberica – The Pond is hiding behind them! Although I live very close to the sea, I do not have a view of the mighty Atlantic Ocean from my home. I remedied this somewhat by building a wildlife pond, which I can enjoy from my … More Flowers in Bloom – Candelabra Primula