By Lynda Sheehan
Today, the Irish Independent has rather depressingly invited us to enjoy the last weekend of summer. For some I guess that means drinking a pint bottle of Bulmers outside and getting a couple more days out of those cargo shorts before the seasonal affective disorder starts to kick in, followed by the leaf fall and relentless advance of the dark shadow of winter. ... I’m thinking of you Bryan!!
However, for the more perennially upbeat amongst us there is still life teeming in the garden. On a drive up to Mayo yesterday I couldn’t help but notice Kniphofia’s sticking their heads above every second garden wall like lanky red haired schoolboys smoking behind the bicycle sheds or indeed the beautiful carpet of Nasturtiums in their annual attempted coup.
Unfortunately, many of our seasonally affected brethren have already given up on planting. However, this is the time of year when the cottage garden truly comes into its own. As the days begin to shorten and the damp glisten settles over the garden a little bit of effort now can reap colourful rewards all the way from here until Christmas. At the moment I have a selection of perennials which are just coming into flower including the beautiful yellow and red Alstroemeria "Indian Summer" and the saucer shaped Helleborus "Winter Bells." I will be displaying my wares at Limerick Show on Saturday and Sunday (27th - 28th August) and I would love to see you there.
Lynda is married to Bryan and they have 5 children, Together they have created a garden centre with the perfect plants, shrubs, trees and flowers to help you create the ornamental garden of your dreams !