SGA certified garden centres

I was doing some research on the net and found some information on a scheme which is being run in Australia for garden centres. The scheme recognises garden centres who are passionate about the environment and are committed to reducing their environmental footprints. If the garden centres are able to complete an extensive certification manual, […]


I have always been a lover of trees and adore when you find an unexpected treasure in an open field or you find an area where they have remained unfelled and allowed to age gracefully. Within our own acre we have over 35 trees including Hornbeam, Oak, Zelkova, Birch, Eucalyptus, Prunus, Ash, Malus and sweet […]

Looks good now to paint…..

We have had lots of requests from family and friends to see more images of the new building so here goes. The building is similar to our original shop and is a timber-framed log cabin style constructed from European soft wood sourced from sustainable plantations.As energy efficiency is very close to our hearts the building […]

Summer 09 Noticeboard

Summer 09 Noticeboard Yet another summer of unpredictable weather, but at least this year we have had some good spells to enjoy – let’s hope for more to come! We have lots of news to get through with this newsletter, so to make it as easy to read as possible we have listed major items […]

Master of disguise

I was told a little story by a gold medal winner at Bloom 09 about our Minister for Food and Horticulture. It seems he turned up for his formal duties suited and booted as you would expect for such a grand occasion. It seems he returned on another day in disguise hat and glasses on […]

A greener electricity

“The electricity generating industry is the biggest single source emitter of CO2 worldwide due to a reliance on fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) for energy. Unless something is done about this, climate change will not be successfully tackled. Wind farms are the most economical and technologically advanced means to produce electricity that […]

Roses-tips for success

At this time of the year the rose is one of the most stunning for scent and the array of colours. However not everyone has great success so here are some tips to acheive the perfect rose. Roses – Tips for success.PlantingRoses like clay soil. If your soil is chalky, shallow or sandy you will […]


I was pleased to see The Sunday Times reviewing the Ecobutton in the Greenhouse effects in the Home Section this Sunday. Not only did it remind me of the item but given our use of the computer for ordering, promotion of the business and research etc in between customers it makes sense to consider using […]

Summer in the garden

Summer in the Garden Your garden should be a feast for the senses, especially in the summer when the garden is at its fullest. For sensory overload, try and incorporate plants or features that appeal to all the five senses, and get out there and enjoy your space!Sight: give yourself some colour therapy and pack […]

Irish Gardens

What more can a fella ask for listening to great tunes and reading a great book with a bottle of red. Just what Friday nights were meant to be. This is a great book by Olda Fitzgerald and highlights 20 gardens within Ireland. They are well described with lovely images and sketch drawings of […]

Hen house heaven

We have had ducks and hens for several years now and are delighted to see the interest in people keeping them. Where we have a large pen and a shed to hold them not every body has that kind of space or only want a couple of hens unlike Sarah with her menagerie. One of […]

Hot library smut

Do not be fooled by the name this is an excellent blog with images of some of the most beautiful libraries around the world. Check it out on