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 relatively unbranched and are only a year or two old.  Bare-root means that the roots are hanging loose without soil and not in a container or root-balled so they have to be fully dormant at planting.  That is why the...

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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 April with the exception of Lilies which are planted in November and December. The main thing to look out for when planting bulbs is that you purchase good-sized, healthy bulbs that are firm to the touch.  Then plant as soon as...

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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, bulbs are a great way of achieving impact with minimal outlay  and care. The benefits of bulb-planting to garden design are manifold: they are often the missing links in creating a real succession of  colour through the year in the garden they...

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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 pleaser.  But that was early June.  It has been quite a mild summer/autumn but pretty dull and overcast so I am not quite sure why this poppy has just flowered.  But what a joy, and a beautiful reminder of the...

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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 with nurturing and producing our own food.  There is something primal about this too. Many garden designers have long understood the productive side of gardening and encouraged their clients in this area.  This new general trend has obviously made this easier,...

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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 creations at this year's 2011 Bloom Festival.  The designers are mentored by garden designer Mary Reynolds and the judges are: for show quality,  Gary Graham (Bloom organiser); for plants, Paddy Gleeson (plantsman); and I am judging the design content...

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Tim talks showgardens at the North West Garden Show

On the 8th March, Tim Austen will be speaking about garden design at the launch meeting of this year's North West Garden Show in Donegal.  This will be the second year of the highly successful garden show that attracted 10,000 visitors last year. Organised by the Castlefinn Partnership Initiative, a network of community and voluntary organisations, the show will be held on the 28th and 29th May 2011. Tim will be appearing as a special guest of the show along with TV gardening superstar Diarmuid Gavin....

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