mindfulness gardening

Mindful Gardening.

This time of the year, the garden takes on a slightly frantic air  (OK, maybe I’m projecting there, you’re right, it’s me that’s frantic). There’s just so much to be done and not enough time to do it, plus the midges are biting already, my back is giving out and dammit, I’m tired! But, but, […]

Plant of the week: Dahlia

Sarah has selected the tropical showgirls of the garden for our ‘Plant of the Week’ With their many colours and forms, Dahlias are one of the lowest maintenance, highest production cut flowers and garden plants you can grow. In a good year, they’ll flower from late June to late November (particularly in a sheltered spot). […]

Cut organic flowers and bouquets

A New Year, A New Beginning

A new departure for The Secret Garden…. The Secret Garden is relaunching in February offering an exciting new range of products and services: Flowers from The Secret Garden –flowers and arrangements, grown locally, with love and without the use of chemicals, offering exceptional range and quality. We are looking forward to sharing life’s key events […]

Open all hours!!!!

Not this autumn/winter anyway. Where our winter hours previously would have meant closing at 5pm from November to February we have decided to alter them quite significantly this year. Instead we shall be closing at 5pm from October to February and will be open from Thursday to Sunday. This has been a decision we made […]

3/3 isn’t that bad!

Nominated in 3 categories and surprisingly shortlisted in all 3 categories. Well the plan of Secret Garden celebration Vino is still a possibility, although the wasps have decimated the grapes here, so I may have to buy a bottle and make a Secret Garden label. In the meantime I took a picture of three rather […]

Thursdays Treat: Wild About

Thursdays Treat is going to be best enjoyed this Sunday (15th September 2-5pm) where we are delighted to offer you the chance to enjoy tasting and testing the gorgeous new range of innovative seasonal Artisan Foods and Preserves from multiple award winning ‘Wild About’ who are based in Co Wexford. Wild About was born out […]

The Blog Awards Ireland 2013

Ireland is definitely a land of bloggers with over 3500 blogs nominated in this years Blog Awards 2013. Tonight there may well be dancing and celebrating amongst nominated bloggers, for now I shall say a humble thank you on receiving nominations in the following categories. The Best Blog of a SME business sponsored by Sage […]

Plant of the week: Spirea

Our plant of the week is one of the easiest to grow as it is relatively low maintenance and hardy of the cold and is one of the most popular shrub for gardeners. It is no wonder as you get both very attractive foliage display as well as nice, full vibrant flower heads that last […]

Plant of the week: Heuchera

Fancy a ‘Cherry Cola’ and ‘Southern Comfort’ then our plant of the week is just for you. The wonderful and very versatile Heuchera which makes the most stunning container plants which can even bring vibrancy on a dull winters day either in the ground or used in a hanging basket. The stunning foliage comes in […]

Ballymaloe Garden Festival

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST AND SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER More than Thirty Events For Seasoned Experts, Late Bloomers, Families and Foodies East Cork will be a bloom as the first-ever Ballymaloe Garden Festival unfurls on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. A packed programme of workshops, talks and garden walks is planned with most events taking […]