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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|

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 [...]

2018-08-16T15:43:36+00:00August 16th, 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|

Philippa’s Newsletter – June 2018

My Garden by Philippa Thomas Our longest day of the year is June 21st.  Our extra warmth and light encourages our gardens to put on an exuberant burst of growth.  The risk of frost has passed but maybe pause a thought for 10/11 weeks ago or so, Our Incredible Dalkey In Our Incredible Snow.  And [...]

2018-08-16T14:58:33+00:00May 20th, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – May 2018

My Garden by Philippa Thomas A profusion of buds and flowers and gorgeous wafts of scent and then, maybe somewhere cool green, to sit in.  This is what we seem to want from our gardens, patios, balconies in Summer; ‘Seasonality in the garden’, - It’s our season for exotics which may have spent the rest [...]

2018-08-16T15:05:49+00:00May 1st, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – March 2018

My Garden by Philippa Thomas March is truly, the first month of Spring and with longer days and rising temperatures, our gardens are coming alive.  …Having said ‘This’, March too, can be unpredictable.  …March is a busy time of the year in the greenhouse as it’s time to sow many plants.  Make sure, you have [...]

2018-03-09T10:09:18+00:00March 7th, 2018|

Philippa’s Newsletter – February 2018

February in My Garden by Philippa Thomas With Spring just around the corner, there is plenty to do in the garden…  Our days are definitely lengthening and officially, our Spring has arrived.  …Even though it may still be cold, damp and miserable outdoors an occasional dose of sunshine might certainly put the gardening [...]

2018-01-22T18:16:58+00:00January 17th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-01-22T18:16:59+00:00November 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 [...]

2018-01-22T18:16:59+00:00October 6th, 2017|