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 […]

Ever upwards the Ash, and it’s freezing big trees and little

    Bonsai re-potting Yes it’s freezing.  Tá sé fuar go leor innu, It’s a grand day for being on the computer except then the chill gets in due to the lack of circulation. Says it’s 5 degrees but feels like 2. This is after the wind chill and the damp is factored in I […]

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 […]

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. […]

Blooming Allright

It would be self indulgent to blog about ones personal miseries would it not? And it probably wouldn’t make good reading, however  closer to the truth it would be .For the purpose of this post,  I will try to find a middle path. The fact that I can’t join in by waxing lyrical about the […]

The ulterior life of plants per se

This is an old piece. Inspired and drawn from David Attenborough’s book ‘the private life of plants’. Some time around 1996 in the Botanic gardens in Glasnevin in Dublin there was an exhibition of plant paintings around the gardens. I did two myself, a hellebore  and a something else. These were the days before smart […]