As our European counterparts warn of a “Fools Spring”, I succumbed to a “Fool’s Autumn”, as I planted in these cool initial days and then BAM, we were hit with a hot spell, almost a final wave of Summer heat, and we were enduring 30+ degrees of heat (Celsius) yet again. Back to watering the greenhouse 3 times a day. Foolish (...)
Heywood Gardens is situated near the towns of Abbeyleix and Ballinakill in Ireland's centre, and is a garden that began its life in the 1700's with additional planning and design completed in 1912, Both the parkland and meditarean style garden compliment each other greatly and is worth more than just a quick peek for visitors.
I love to make this when my tomatoes are in abundance and the great thing about it, is that its not fussy on the type you have, so mix them all up to make this sweet sauce. I have gifted this for christmas and its really been popular, I've run out again.
Fast forward to secondary college, I was about 15, and it was compulsory to select one subject from the “Science” or “B” section, so I chose “Gardening”, tried to grow the best beans on the school’s plot, and it reminded me a little that I liked to grow things. Read on...
A couple of weekends ago we had a fun weekend at the Yinnar Community Garden, where I showed a lovely bunch of people how to make my Garden Glut Pickles during a "Kitchen Pantry" workshop, which is a series of 5 workshops to be held up until May, funded by the Latrobe Health Assembly and facilitated by the volunteers of the garden and neighbouring ARC Art Gallery.
The green blue tropical-like waters lap at the jetty’s edges, shallow on one side, and the deep channel on the other side, a large tide sweeps in and out underneath, bringing in various fish and wildlife. While walking on a clear day, the distinctive shape of Snake Island stands out in the distance, in front of Wilsons Promontory, with it's monstrous prehistoric aura (...)
When we visited the magnificent walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey recently this past Autumn, I was delighted to find the restored Head Gardeners Cottage perched at the top of the undulating site, an ideal place really for gazing down at the daily goings on of the garden. (...)
Hot weather finally arrives down south in here in Australia for the Summer, and while it means long swims at the beaches, the Summer garden enters survival mode until the Autumn rain hits., bringing many challenges and adventures to the edible garden.
After making Jam as a Christmas treat for visitors last year, I am again planning to make a few jars for the festive season. I have made Gooseberry and Geranium jam, its nice to leave the antique rose scented pelargonium leaves to steep in the
The entrance to the bog walk is next door to the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel with parking available there. The walk begins down a long cool lane thats lush with trees and understory forest plants, a nice green entry to the site, with little hint of what’s to come. Sign posts stagger down the lanes with flora and fauna listings and information about the bog, which has been leased by the community for at least the next 50 years and is run completely by volunteers interested in (...)