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.