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Philippa’s Newsletter – December 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas As we approach the shortest day of the year This December, Winter is tightening its grip.  Winter temperatures in December and January can be at their coldest, making food and water a Wildlife Lifeline.  …Maybe, consider which berrying and seed-bearing plants you can add to your plot to [...]

November 17th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – October 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas As our temperature drops and our days shorten, our varied incredibly beautiful leaves are falling daily…  Indeed, Is ‘THIS’ – Not Our Fall.  Isn’t Our Autumn, such a dramatic season and as our soil is warm, it is the ideal time for planting… Every New Day Is A [...]

October 6th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – September 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas Summer will hopefully, be having its final fling this month, giving us some lovely warm days to enjoy…  So many of us spend time in our gardens, almost every single day and the pleasure it gives us is indescribable.  …To some of us, …it is our paradise. Bulbs. [...]

August 31st, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – August 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas August is our last true month of Summer in Ireland so with summer in full swing, our focus turns to watering, weeding, deadheading and filling odd gaps. …So, let’s leap into our hopefully, endless, balmy sunny days – let’s sit out, wile about and really enjoy our plant [...]

August 5th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – June 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas June is the 6th month of the year to have the length of 30 days and June 21st, is the longest day of the year… Is summer not ‘here’, - wow, we certainly have an abundance, a burst of lush growth and vibrant colours…  Nevertheless, remember, this extra light and [...]

June 11th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – May 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas With our Bank Holiday in early May, it is the perfect time to be busy in the garden, sowing seeds, planting out, buying plants and vegetable seedlings, dead heading spring bulbs and dividing some of these bulbs… Are we not now, doing the ground work for our summer [...]

May 22nd, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – April 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas As our days lengthen and our nights warm up, it’s about enjoying These Precious Moments In Our Gardens, That Truly Is, What Matters. April is traditionally, one of the busiest times of seed sowing.  The reality for so many of us, involves cramming our gardening activities into a [...]

April 18th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – March 2017

My Garden by Philippa Thomas Our Winter is finally slipping away to reveal our Spring, In Our Dalkey Air…So, we’re almost ready to discard our firesides, sofas, blankets and gardening books.  No one who gardens regularly (and pottering about, is many of our ways of relaxing,) – can doubt its health benefits… doesn’t it calm [...]

March 9th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter – February 2017

IN MY GARDEN by Philippa Thomas Spring is Our Time for Fresh Beginnings and for trying something new. Yes, it is tempting to stay with the same old reliables – the same tested seed/varieties but then, isn’t it exhilarating and so exciting to dare something new, weird or unique.  All that bare space we see [...]

January 27th, 2017|

Philippa’s Newsletter December 2016

MY GARDEN by Philippa Thomas Isn’t there a stark beauty in a Winter Garden that has been frosted? It’s almost like A Winter Magic…..  Our Winter Magic in winter, is the bare bones of our gardens.  Plants are already in January responding to lengthening days with their first signs of New Life.  Who cannot be [...]

November 12th, 2016|