Tag Archive: garden

Wild summer

The Meadow

Our Sherkin Island garden has once again turned into a wild flower meadow. Much to our delight, we discovered two wild orchids – a gift from nature. Isn’t it lovely when a plant appears from… Continue reading


The tiny flower bed in our garden is finally looking good. You just wouldn’t believe the struggle it has been. Stick the spade in and you strike between a rock and a hard… Continue reading

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Season of Spring

“There’s something in the air. Sniff. Hmm, I’ll just close my eyes for a sec and breathe it in. I know that scent…but what is it? Sniff. Daisies, salty breeze, bluebells, buttercups, cow poo (love… Continue reading

Daisy Day

‘When the garden became a meadow’ May Bank Holiday weekend, Sherkin Island, Cork

The wind from the west

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? A lone onion seed-head still stands in the little island bed, despite Sherkin’s prevailing westerly winds. As our garden lies to the west of the island, with the open Atlantic… Continue reading


Kilmoon. The very name conjures up a magical, mystical far-away place. I wrote a feature on this wonderful garden a couple of years ago for The Irish Garden magazine and just wanted to give you a glimpse… Continue reading

Mad about the buoy

Here’s a story about finding lots of washed up buoys on Trá Bán (Irish for ‘White Strand’) over the years, tying them all to an ailing tree one sunny summer’s day to give… Continue reading

Going around in circles (2)

“Nothing is so beautiful as spring, when weeds in wheels shoot long and lovely and lush.” Gerald Manley Hopkins

Going around in circles

The spiral in our grass (can’t call it a lawn as it’s a bit of a field really) has raised some eyebrows and some laughs on the island but hey, whoever said that mowing… Continue reading