How to be Water Wise with a Hosepipe Ban in Place

I always dread hearing a hosepipe ban announced, for legal reasons. And why is that, you might ask? Well, it’s on account of Murphy’s Law, which states that “although several weeks of sunny weather may create the expectation of a good summer, a declaration of drought...

Keep Calm and Carry On Gardening

Keep on top of watering during dry spells Keep Calm and Carry On Gardening If my inbox is anything to go by, a lot of people are doing a lot of thinking about their gardens just now.  No surprises there, as the not – exactly – a – lockdown got underway just...

Are Your Windows Winning?

If there’s one thing guaranteed to lift the spirits, it’s bright seasonal colour in containers at doors and windows.  With a little planning, you can have pretty things in pots and windowboxes all year round, and they’re perfect for places where space is tight. It’s...

How Apple Blossom Saved My Laptop

If I were lucky enough to own a field, I would plant an apple orchard.  Not because of any particular fondness for the fruit, worthy though it is. You see, the best thing about an apple tree happens now, not at harvest time – it’s the apple blossom. Of all spring...

Setting Boundaries

Whatever size your garden is, there will be some sort of boundary separating it from the world outside and the boundary has an important role to play in a number of ways. In towns and cities we need to enclose our own space and create a private area outside our homes...

Going Native – Hedging your Bets Part Two

If the last ‘Going Native – Hedging Your Bets’ post has inspired you to consider a native hedge, you might find yourself paying more attention to what’s growing at the side of the road near you as you pass – but please take care if you’re driving! If...

Going Native – Hedging your Bets

A drive through the Irish countryside in autumn can be a real treat as native hedgerows display their jewel coloured treasures – ruby haws and rosehips, glowing blackberries, and sloes and elderberries gleaming blue. Soon the leaves will be changing colour too, and...