Gardening, dogs and friends
|Me with the girls in Nicola's front garden|
|The very long eco print and natural dye border|| |
|A lot of the plants in the border are really tall - quite architectural. This Ligularia must be at least 8ft tall.|
My 2 dogs coped well with the journey to Carlow. They had met Pip before when Nicola stayed with us earlier in the year so we were pretty confident they would all get on well together. It was good to watch them all play and run about together.
|My 2 dogs Pops and Fizz (cream), and Nicola's beautiful collie Pip.|
Pops walking in the garden as if she owns the place!
It is always good to have friends with gardens as you can swap plants. I took some borage, achilliea and carraway plants to Nicola and I came home with some verbascum, scabious and epimedium. I won't be dyeing with them, they will just look fabulous in my border. I am still learning which plants will grow well here and will cope with the salt and the wind.
This is my border, a much smaller scale . . .
|The huge day lily is the centre piece of my border.|
|Geraniums, daisies, hollyhocks, achillea and a fantastic blue hydrangea just coming into flower.|
I will find a place for the plants that Nicola gave me . . .
While I was staying with Nicola we filmed an interview that you might find interesting. You can find it here on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpDgHhSuRMM it will go live at 6pm BST on July 16th.