This year saw the introduction of a number of different hops planted around the garden centre to allow us to propagate them and offer a wider range and better value for customers in the future. With the good weather this summer the hop flowers have done particularly well. So with some home brew knowledge there […]
Month: August 2013
Plant of the week: Buddleia
I pondered this week about what would make our plant of the week and nearly succumbed to the gorgeous blue flowers and red autumn foliage of Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue but on looking around all this week all I seem to have noticed was the thriving buddleia bush. Given that the common name of this […]
Thursday’s Treat: Is Ruby Tuesday.
Helenium ‘Ruby Tuesday’ doesn’t offer just a visual treat with its beautiful ruby-red daisy flowers with dark brown eyes it also offers a nectar treat encouraging butterflies and other wildlife into the garden. Perfect for pots with its bushy and compact size this is most certainly a treat for any garden.
Photo credit: Knot If you answered Amsterdam please press play below. Indeed it is the obvious answer and any QI fans will understand the Klaxon, however the correct answer is from ‘West Cork’. We have just received a delivery of Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums from West Cork Daffodils We are delighted to have been approached […]
Plant of the week: Physocarpus ‘Little Devil’
Sometimes bigger is not better!!!!! This is often the case when showing the rather lovely Physocarpus ‘Diablo’ et al, as they can grow up to 1.5 – 2.5m in height and spread. I certainly do not object to it in my own garden however there are some people who perceive this as gigantic. So the […]
Thursday’s Treat: Spoils from the garden
No need to buy imported shop flowers when at this time of the year you can make your own floral arrangements from the spoils of your cut flower garden. Not only saving you a few euros it also saves on the air miles. This is an arrangement that Sarah made using Dahlia, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Verbena […]
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 […]
Why do they grow weeds mummy?
I overheard a child asking his mother “Why do they grow weeds mummy?” while having their tea and cake yesterday, and was rather surprised as well as delighted to hear her explanation. The mum explained although it might look like a weed it actually is a very beautiful plant that feeds the wildlife. The plant […]
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 […]