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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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 garden space is designed to inspire creativity with its contrasting rustic and modern materials and it is also a garden retreat with its beautiful hand-crafted stack-wood gazebo (made from sustainably sourced Irish timber) providing a garden getaway amongst the beautiful...

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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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