It’s A Wild and Wonderful life innit?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life  (insert garden)?” Mary Oliver This has been a very wild week.  Consisting of several encounters with birds, bats, bees slugs and weeds.  I have been coming to terms with the loss of all the lettuce in the Jampa Ling […]

Garden Therapy, all year round

Gardening meditation In term of therapy all year round we can compare this concept to the song lyric ‘all night long’ thus implying perpetual enjoyment (  that is to say, for a defined period of time).  For many years now living in N.W. Ireland I am bound for the armchair or sofa from about October […]

Brambles and other thorny subjects

Brambles On this mild day it feels so nice to be out and about tackling  thorny issues such as the strangling habits of brambles. I have always been attracted to these plants. Some of the most amazing plants on this planet of ours are ferocious. My all time favorite is the rose. Today I released […]

Airfield Gardens revisited

I am speaking about Airfield gardens of course. The previous weekend garden trip was so densely packed that it has to be split into two posts. It is 16 years or more since I last visited the gardens at Airfield. A lot has gone on in the meantime. It is a working farm as well […]

Wild and wicked ways of growing fruit

Fruity? But of course I  mean wicked in the most fruity sense!. But as gardeners, how can we be wicked with fruit? “For what we loose in flowers we gain in fruit”  Samuel Butler  and as Khalil Gibran says “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit“. What I am saying is only this. […]

What’er ways with plants

  I took a stroll recently at lisnaskea Co. Fermanagh down by the Lough Head community garden and park. They have something I haven’t come across before, a trim trail. It’s a great idea. Some log stumps set in the ground as step-ups. They also have a very young willow maze. Actually there isn’t any […]

Spring into Action again

Heading over to the seed- swop in Knockvicar tomorrow.  We prepared some of our own saved seed yesterday. The final clean of dill Tetra and coriander Piltro. You can see it growing in some of the older posts from Camcas tunnel. It grew to a height of 7 – 8 foot. Incredible. I couldn’t remember […]