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Philippa’s Newsletter – April 2019

April in my Garden by Philippa Thomas Imagine, our days are longer than our nights now.  So our plants are responding with more rapid growth.  Possibly, April is the busiest time of the year in the garden. ‘April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks go.’ Christopher Morley. Every day now, there is [...]

2019-03-20T19:52:53+00:00March 20th, 2019|

Philippa’s Newsletter – March 2019

My Garden by Philippa Thomas Is not Sorrento Park, Dillons Park, Our Vico Strip, Killiney Hill, Bullock Harbour, Dalkey Island, Hyde Park, Cuala - All our green areas, our parks, - simply THE LUNGS OF OUR TOWN WITH ITS  'VILLAGE' ATMOSPHERE. MAYBE, 'BEE' THE DIFFERENCE, GREEN UP YOUR WALLS. Perhaps too, consider a small ornamental tree. [...]

2019-02-14T07:20:33+00:00February 13th, 2019|

Philippa’s Newsletter. December 2018 – January 2019

My Garden by Philippa Thomas Wishing You All, The Warmest Greetings Of The Season And Best Wishes For Happiness In 2019. Berries are the jewels of our December gardens as well of course, being a festive treat for our birds.  Our feathered friends love Holly, Mistletoe, Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, Hawthorn, Crab Apples and Rosehips [...]

2019-01-10T18:43:31+00:00January 10th, 2019|

Safety in the Garden : by Dr. Marie Thérèse Floyd and Dr. Emer Shelley

There is a great sense of satisfaction from spending time working in the garden. There are also many benefits for our physical and mental health from being active in the outdoors. For example: Gardening involves many of our critical functions including strength, endurance, dexterity, learning and problem solving, and sensory awareness Some Benefits of Gardening [...]

2019-02-13T16:13:29+00:00August 16th, 2018|

Lilioceris Lilii, the red lily beetle by Peter E Lynch

If you grow lilies or fritiillaries you will have this bright lacquered red beetle pest. I first saw lily beetles in my garden about 2014. They were more a curiosity, and after I found and killed the two of them, there was no sign the rest of the year. From then I would occasionally come across them doing no particular damage and delete them on sight.

2018-11-29T16:19:37+00:00November 26th, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – November 2018

My Garden by  Philippa Thomas In general, our plants have recovered remarkably from our long drought spell of our Summer and now, our ‘most dry spell’ takes its place in memory.  As our leaves are still falling and our days of wind and rain are gaining in numbers: as well as wrapping ourselves up in [...]

2018-10-30T18:36:50+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Notes by Dr Mary Toomey on the Talk ‘Hellebores and Friends’ given by Dr Julian Sutton at our Club Night on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018.

The talk on Hellebores and Friends on Tuesday, 23rd October by Dr Julian Sutton was excellent.  While there are numerous cultivars of hellebores it was good to learn more about some splendid species and their role in hybridization. I grow a few species and they help me welcome spring with cheerful anticipation. I watch H. x ericsmithii stir into action [...]

2018-10-26T16:04:54+00:00October 25th, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – October 2018

My Garden by Philippa Thomas As our Autumn seems to be tightening its cooling grip on our beloved gardens and as our flaunting Summer blooms fade religiously into a sodden brown mushy mess, we realise our Winter is on its way and our shorter days and first frosts trigger plants to shut down for Winter [...]

2018-10-12T22:17:19+00:00October 12th, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – September 2018

My Garden by Philippa Thomas Our light is softer and kinder in this September month and our heat is generally bone warming with obviously, a little nip in the air first thing in the a.m., when we do a whistle stop trip to our Oxigen bin or the likes.  …For some, we still have two [...]

2018-09-11T09:03:00+00:00September 10th, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – August 2018

August in my Garden by Philippa Thomas Even in the height of Summer, gardening requires us to slow down, contemplate and appreciate details in life that can easily be missed if running around at full speed.  Is gardening not Green Therapy? – It too, can contribute huge benefits towards bereavement, many illnesses and [...]

2018-08-16T13:52:54+00:00July 24th, 2018|