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Garden diary for November 2014

November sneaked in and I actually had to check my calendar a few times to calculate how much time we have left to plant our bulk of spring bulbs and plants. We are talking about 10.000 spring bulbs and around the same amount of spring bedding plants which were raised here in the restored glasshouse. The […]

Garden Diary October 2014

Welcome back to the October edition of our garden blog. My hopes which were raised at the beginning of last months blog about the coming weather conditions were too optimistic. In all my years here in the wild west of Ireland I never experienced such a dramatic weather change. Lightning and thunder storms came right  from the […]

Garden diary for September 2014

September started with lovely early autumn weather and I hope that this is a good sign for the coming winter. The midges are also enjoying their last few moments for this season and try their best to leave a lasting impression on us! One of the evenings, shortly before closing time, I captured a special […]

Garden Diary August 2014

Just when you think that the planting time is over and everything is in full bloom and it is time to enjoy the fruits of your hard work for the next few weeks it is time to start all over again! Unfortunately few summer bedding plants don’t last until the end of the season and […]

Garden Diary for July 2014

It’s Berry time! My favorite time to go through the garden and just pick and taste and compare all the different varieties of soft fruits we grow within the walled garden. Black currants, white currants, red currants, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries…it seems to be a good year for berries and most of them except the blackberries […]

Garden Diary for June 2014

The summer is landed…well, at least the calendar is trying to tell us this. We spent the first of June in our glasshouse, well protected from the heavy rainfall. We always leave the indoor work, if possible, for wet days to come. So, one of the jobs would be the spreading and tidying of the […]

Garden Diary for May 2014

Welcome back to our May edition of the garden blog of the walled garden of Kylemore Abbey. The last of our tulips, especially the lovely red variety ’Cardinal Red’, were more or less “beheaded” during the last stormy weekend. In perfect conditions they could have lasted another two weeks at least. Thankfully I took pictures […]

Garden Diary for April 2014

April’s fool’s day is over and April weather started! Gorgeous yesterday, the warmest day so far; horrible today! Well, no reason to mourn, there is plenty of work to be done inside the glasshouse at the moment. Our potting benches are nearly overflowing with trays and we need a very strict time table to get […]

Garden Diary for March 2014

March is in full swing and so are our garden activities. Greenhouse work is top priority at the moment, which means sowing, potting, watering, watching for diseases and little unwanted creatures. Speaking about creatures, we just successfully eliminated a small colony of mice. They got a taste for our spring bulbs which are now sitting […]

Garden Diary for February 2014

A very warm welcome to all readers of our monthly garden blog from the Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore Abbey. Let’s hope we will have a good year ahead, with plenty of sunshine of course! First things first – the weather! It is bad! Saying this we are still doing quite ok out here in […]