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100 Words Challenge #1

I frequently see one small job that needs doing, but after an hour of pottering about I have lost myself in harmony with the earth.

My Spanish Garden

I am intrigued by writers who garden and gardeners who write. The pen and the trowel are not interchangeable, but seem often linked. (Marta McDowell)

Could You Pull A Few Weeds While You’re Here?

Gardeners want to create an ideal replica of their view of the world. Generally speaking, cultivated plants are preferred to plants that thrive “in the wild”. Hence, they try to eliminate anything they feel does not fit in.

Plants Are Parents Too

Last week I cut back the Alyssum and saved enough seed to grow an army of them for next year. Today, as I wandered about,

Ugly Looking Cactus

This might look like an ugly fecker, but it’s definitely not. It flowered during June, July and August and the tiny flowers were the most

Alyssum: Easy Seed Saving

I love growing from seed. So do many people. Browsing the garden centre, supermarket or catalogues for brightly-coloured seed packets is good fun, and even

Rain Is Nature’s Magic

It’s bucketing down. Not a day to be outside in the garden, but it occurs to me that rain is nature’s magic at work. It’s

Take Rosemary Cuttings To Freeze

It’s a good time of the year to take rosemary cuttings. They add flavour to so many dishes. Step 1: Take as many cuttings as

Lady Rozanne in Blue

While many summer plants are very much past their best, the gorgeous Geranium Rozanne is flowering still. Geranium Rozanne is one of the top plants

Growing From Seed

Throwback to 2005.  I loved the therapy of growing from seed very early in the year using the propagators. Plans afoot for next spring.

Four Things You Will Learn About Onions

The onions are safely stored for later in the autumn. We can look forward to stews, shepherd’s pies and roast mixed vegetables (not all together)

Fuchsias

I have a few new fuchsias to add to the collection. 1. Fuchsia Mrs. Popple, (x2) probably one of the most popular. I planted them

A Little Heavy Rain

It’s been a good summer. Warm and dry, mostly. Today is different, though. We got 15mm of rain overnight, so I’ll not need to be

‘Tis the Season for Cuttings

I started cuttings of pelargonium, fuchsia and wallflower. Dead or alive? Update coming in a few weeks. Fuchsias prefer Glenisk organic container. Pádraig.

Marigolds

Starting off with one of my favourite photos, from 2007! I love growing marigolds. My mam grew them in our garden, as did many others

Six-on-Saturday – Secateurs And Shovels

The magazine is filled with so many full-page photographs, especially of Monty, Alan and Carol. They seem to like smiling a lot. They smile while digging, lifting and even weeding. They look lovingly at shrubs, secateurs and shovels.