Mallow Home & Garden Festival 2009, This Weekend

The 2009 Mallow Home and Garden Festival 2009 takes place this weekend at the Cork Racecourse ,Mallow,Co,Cork commencing tomorrow Friday 19Th June at 2.00 pm -8 pm,Saturday the 20th 11am to 6pm and Sunday the 21st 11 am – 6pm. Video from the 2008 Festival The Irish  Examiner have more details HERE Garden Experts in attendance … Continue reading

Birdtables attract Rats!

Starlings feeding at the Birdtable in the Photo,likewise this Birdtable is visited Daily by several species of Birds from  Blackbirds,Robins,Sparrows,Pigeons,Grey Collared Doves etc..except we will now have to cease placing out feeding for the Birds for a duration. Yesterday it had an unlikely visitor…. In Broad daylight   Not to be viewed if you are … Continue reading


The Amaryllis has now four flower heads,problem one is facing is that  it will now require a bamboo support,anybody out there with iany ideas?.


The Amaryllis which we have grown indoors in a pot has become a source of  interest for several neighbours and friends who have  been bemused with this flower…it is new to them and ourselves.For us in the household  it is the first time we have dealt with this  exotic flower.We thought it was dead as it … Continue reading


Spring is here at last as the Crocuses emerge on this bright Spring Day,seeing the colour return to the garden is a sight to behold .It helps to lift  the gloom .

Chim Chimney

The Power of Nature as i was explaining to my elderly neighbour today and that he may have problems with his chimney down the road,he has a Fuschia ,a Purple Wallflower and it looks like a berbis darwinni (Correct me on this ,gardening experts!)growing in his good old chimney.How did they get there ? The Birds … Continue reading

Tyrone had the Dahlias Supporting them

One could not help thinking that Tyrone had everybody supporting them to win the All Ireland v Kerry  ,even the Dahlias in my garden were all out in their vibrant red and white offering their support.Kerry were seeking their 36th All Ireland Title ,Tyrone  ended up winning their third in this decade.It takes two teams to … Continue reading

The Oak,The Acorn and The Spider

The Oak,The Acorn     This morning brought home the painful reality that Autumn is passing us by as the Summmer did which is well written about since the bad flooding in Newcastlewest to the floods in Dublin ,Mallow etc. dark ,dreary,misty …that damp smell is lingering around the house even in the car .The odd … Continue reading



The annual Mallow Home and Garden Festival will take place at the Cork Racecourse from tomorrow June 27 to June 29.The Festival is a wonderful showcase of of all that’s exciting about gardening and modern interior decoration.There will be gardening tips from Charlie Wilkins,Deborah Begley,Mary C O Keefe and Neil Williams.Let’s hope the weather improves … Continue reading