Joys of Juneberry!

As a garden designer, one has to have a store of ready answers to often asked gardening questions.  These need to be confidently rolled off the tongue, without hesitation, to instil client confidence in your abilities.  I find that some practice is required here as the right answer may differ significantly between gardens, depending on the particular conditions found there, and with variance in client likes and expectations.  I also find that my answers change with experience so a review every now and then is worthwhile. [caption id="attachment_980" align="alignleft" width="600"] Snowy...

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Parched March

If someone had told me that I was going to be out with my watering can before the end of March this time last year, I would have told them to go indoors and take a strong dose of a reality pill, extra strength brand for crazy gardening folk!  But what a contrast between this year and last! The Irish spring heat wave has continued and yes, last night, I was out-watering both newly divided perennials recently planted and plants in containers that were starting to wilt in the heat due...

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Obsessive edging

Here in Ireland, we have had a spell of unseasonably hot weather over the last few days (pushing 20°C) and this is expected to continue for a while yet.  And the clocks have just changed giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evenings.  This favourable combination of temperature and light has meant that us gardeners and growers have been feverishly working away outdoors...

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Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland seminar 2012

[caption id="attachment_835" align="alignnone" width="491"] Flyer for this year's RHSI seminar[/caption] Tim will be speaking at this year's RHSI seminar to be held at the National Botanic Gardens this Saturday the 3rd March at 10am. Tim will talk about his personal experiences and how they have influenced his garden design.  He will explain his current view of garden design using his show gardens and constructed projects as examples. ...

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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 by reducing the workload later and giving us a head start to the season, especially if the weather is mild like it has been in Ireland for much of the winter.  Here's a bullet point summary of some of the...

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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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