We can't believe we won the gold medal at Bloom 2015 for our medium-sized garden! So many of you visited us over the weekend and asking about our beautiful plants and fixtures. We have been listening to all of your questions and have put together a detailed description of the garden, which explains everything you saw at Bloom. If you didn't see it in person, you can read all about our garden here and see all of the action from the weekend here.
Listen to Irish Country Magazine's Klara Heron discussing the weekend at Bloom:
Irish Country Magazine’s Garden at Bloom 2015
From the entrance gate of the garden, the left hand side boarder:
This side of the garden is the nectar boarder, or the Bee Walk. Everything on this side of the garden feeds the bees which in turn feeds us with their honey.
• The purple and pink Lupins are part of the Gallery shades range (pinks, purples, whites, etc)
• The small pink flowers at ground level are Red Campion, they are a native wild flower
• Next to these are Chives
• The tall burgundy small flowers amongst the Lupins are Aquilegia Winky Red
• Amongst the Lupins are also Geum Cosmopolitans (small pink flowers)
• Roses line the fence
Against the fence on the left are: Rosetta apple trees (These tree’s flower early, and provide much needed food for the bee’s); Humbug pear trees.
The bee boxes are made from reclaimed scaffolding boards and painted in Farrow and Ball, Drawing Room Blue. These can also be used for composting or extra storage in your garden.
Along the left hand boarder at ground level there are: Dacia Garden Pinks; Lavender; Campanula Flowers (not yet in bloom), Cape Fig (yellow flower).
Rounding the corner of this section (to your left): Olive Tree, Oregano, Chives.
Next to the Olive tree is an Espalier Apple Tree. Underneath this tree is Camomile which is good for tea, cleaning garden tools (acts as an anti-fungal), and it also helps to keep the apples on the tree above fresh.
Next to the apple tree is: A box of Pak Choi, Geranium, Borage, Felicaia (small little blue daisy like flowers), Globe Artichoke, Thyme, Calliopsis.
The flower on the trellis at the back of the garden is Rosa Banksiae Alba
Veg Boxes: Starting from the fence and moving to the right:
1) From Front to Back
• Marigolds (the petals are edible and the colouring of the petals can be used to replace saffron in cooking for colour. They are also a good source of Pro-Retinol A which is found in most anti-aging creams
• Red Cabbage
• Hosta, which is used for sushi and is an Asian stir fry ingredient
2) From Front To Back
• Pak Choi
• Sea Kale (white flower)
3) Front Front To Back
• Nasturtium, the flower on these is edible
• Savoy Cabbage
The climber on the wall behind is a Clematis. The box on the floor next to the veg box has Parsley and Lettuce. The plant in the corner is a Purple Hazel. This will produce the same common hazelnuts we all know. This plant is about 4 years old.
The Lean-To: Is made from reclaimed items. The roof is comprised of reclaimed sash windows, and the front and sides from reclaimed louver doors. It's an ideal space to shelter from the rain or sit and enjoy the garden, or it can be used as a writing desk or potting area. The lean-to is painted in the following Dulux colours: Blue Orb (roof), Mid Steel (sides), Silver Birch (front).
Next to the lean-to is a contorted Hazel; the purple flowers are Primulas; there are variegated Hostus, and Rhubarb. The Three-Door Shed is made from three reclaimed doors to make a small shed ideal for keeping tools in.
The Seating Area: On the wall, in boxes made from reclaimed scaffolding planks are Alpine Strawberries. These are smaller than the usual strawberries and are well suited to the Irish climate. The pot on the floor next to the three-door shed is potatoes. In the far corner next to the fence is a grow bag with the Goji Berry bush.
The Forage Forest Boarder (right hand side as you enter from the gate, left hand side as you exit): The large tree is a Betula; the second largest one is Blueberry; Geraniums; at ground level there is Comfrey, which is great for making organic fertilizer; Hosta, Parsley, Ladies Mantle, which was used for its firming properties and for ladies to put on their Décolletage; Aronia Berry, this is a new super food; Purple Aquilegias; the dark purple plant (that looks like and Acer) is a Hookah plant.