Who, What, How, Why?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Don't fret you've still time to sow Sweet Pea!

Don't fret if you missed out on sowing your Sweet Pea in October? 

You can still have fabulous sweet peas next summer in your garden but you really need to start sowing them this month - November.

According to Cooltonagh Sweet Pea Nursery based in Co Derry "for the best crop October is ideal sowing time.  Early November or Late January second best, February and March good, early to mid-April is not too bad, but May is no good as you'll miss half the season".  

And they should know, after all they are running their sweet pea nursery since the '60's and with a huge range available along with varieties that I've not seen elsewhere, it surely another good reason to support local!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Celebrating Halloween or Samhain?

It's easy to get caught up with modern day living and with the finishing touches to our Halloween decorations and planning almost complete, we could be forgiven for forgetting that Samhain is almost upon us.  With a new calendar beginning I wonder which is it that you celebrate?

Samhain may seem like an odd place to start a calendar but, the Celtic and pre-Celtic people believed that the night preceded the day, the day was birthed out of darkness just as we were all birthed out of the dark womb.

Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons: the light and the dark, at Beltane on May 1st and Samhain on November 1st. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, marking the beginning of a whole new cycle, just as the Celtic day began at night. For it was understood that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Whereas Beltane welcomes in the summer with joyous celebrations at dawn, the most magically potent time of this festival is November Eve, the night of October 31st, known today of course, as Halloween.

Lots of interesting events happening around Ireland this weekend.
What ever you get up to have a wonderful celebration!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Gardens Yet to Visit Now that Bloom is Over

It was unfortunate that I didn't get to Bloom this year but given the weather on Bank holiday Monday, my day of choice, I was pleased I didn't. If like me you were unlucky check out this short video here and be sure to note next years dates 2nd - 6th JUNE 2016
Yet another wonderful garden at Bloom(Photo: Paddy Tobin IGPS)
While the wind howled and rain came down I was able to view some aspects of Bloom (power of social media) that may have been overlooked had I visited.  I did however miss out on the networking thing banter which I love and seeing inspirational designs and wonderful creations and plants in the flesh.  Many fab photos were shared through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so I had a front row seat.  Paddy Tobin from Irish Garden Plant Society  (IGPS) teased me (as always) with his wonderful photos. Speaking of which, IGPS are off to visit Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, West Cork June 27th 2015 if you fancy the spin.  I'm tempted!!  
So as for other gardens available to visit now that Bloom is over well you'll see from yourself as you read on that I've covered gardens from Belgium to the United States of America and even included a few in Ireland.  

Happy garden visiting.....

First held in 2009, Galway Garden Festival was the brain child of garden enthusiast Padraigin O’ Donoghue and her brother Eamonn. Over the past 5 years it has evolved into a unique and multi facetted event. At its core, it is a showcase for the very best of rare and special plant traders from all over Ireland.