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Gardening jobs for February

[caption id="attachment_809" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cleaning out perennial flower beds ready for planting[/caption] February can be a month of anticipation in the garden.  We are itching for the warmer weather and the burst of spring when our gardens really get going.  However, a little bit of basic work now can pay dividends...

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How to plant bare-root trees

http://youtu.be/l7mdP1KDN_Y Since it is now the bare-root tree planting season, I thought I would post a video demonstrating this planting technique that I made with the residents of Harbour View in late winter 2010. We carried out the tree planting using young trees called whips and transplants, which means that they are...

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Bulb planting tips!

The planting period for spring-flowering bulbs in Ireland and the UK extends from the start of September until early December but Daffoldils should be planted by mid-season.  Autumn flowering bulbs, such as, crocus and colchicum should be planted in August and most summer-flowering bulbs should be planted in March and...

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It’s all about the bulbs!

[caption id="attachment_606" align="aligncenter" width="484" caption="Lilium 'Robina' in Bloom in my parent's garden in Kerry"][/caption] At this time of year, we often revist gardens with our clients to undertake bulb planting.  We usually put together specific bulb planting plans within our overall garden designs, as along with winter planting of bare-root trees,...

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Mossy marvels on an Irish woodland floor

As a garden designer, I seek to take inspiration from nature whenever I can.  Last weekend, I took these photos on a lovely walk through a coniferous woodland in Wicklow.  Although the wood was predominantly commercial evergreen species, there were some deciduous species, such as, Birch and Beech  present and...

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Unexpected flowers!

[caption id="attachment_439" align="aligncenter" width="617" caption="Patty's Plum Poppy"][/caption] I am both delighted and amazed that this beautiful Poppy Patty's Plum  (Papaver orientale) has just flowered in my garden - it's October in Ireland!  This poppy featured in our Bloom 2009 Gold medal winning garden (see pic. below) and was a real crowd...

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The Herb Garden

[caption id="attachment_407" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Herb garden in Farmleigh House walled garden[/caption] In Irish gardening, there is a major trend towards “Grow-Your-Own” fruits and vegetables.  This is for a variety of reasons including: wanting to know where our food comes from, cost-saving, taste and experimentation as well as the satisfaction that comes...

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Our Bloom 2011 entry: The Growise Garden

Tim Austen's  fourth Bloom show garden entry, The Growise Garden sponsored by Bord na Mona (Growise) and the Kildare Growers plant and tree experts is under construction in the beautiful show area at the Phoenix Park visitor centre. [caption id="attachment_363" align="alignnone" width="539" caption="Tim Austen designed Growise garden for Bloom 2011"][/caption] This colourful...

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Super Garden returns to our screens

Super Garden, Ireland's garden design X-factor returns to our screens tonight and is currently Ireland's most watched garden design programme.   [caption id="attachment_319" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Super Garden judges, Tim, Gary and Paddy mean business!"][/caption] The brand new series features five up and coming Irish garden designers competing to showcase their garden...

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How to build you garden design

When you have put all that hard work in to completing your garden design to the client's satisfaction the next step for you, as a designer and consultant, is to make sure that your design is constructed in the way that you have designed it!  Ideally this should be achieved...

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