This is certainly the time of year for bargain hunting for plants in garden centres and I've been lucky this week!
I've often thought Buddleja gets a raw deal as a garden plant: it doesn't always get the praise it deserves in what it can bring to the garden!
Can you believe August has arrived already? There are times when it feels like the garden is about to go over but then there are flashes of colour and some things just coming into their own to give hope that the season has not yet come to its floriferous finale!
Many people find wasps a nuisance but they are really beneficial in the garden as they feed on caterpillars, grubs, weevils, ants, aphids and other insects and can effectively reduce pest populations.
Don't despair if you are forever lamenting the tall plants in your garden flopping over or snapping, have a look at some plant supports which would suit the type of plant you wish to keep upright and fall back in love with height in your borders!
Foxgloves are one of those fabulous plants which look great in the garden, work in difficult shady areas to provide colour and are vital in providing nectar-rich towers of food for long-tongued bees.
The combination of heat and lots of rain has made the growth prolific and the whole garden is verging out of control! That said, there are always things to delight in the garden when you get out and look!
Cluain na dTor is a rich, horticultural paradise which leads the way in gardening alongside, and with nature at its very core. It is simply a magical experience to walk through and a firm destination on the Donegal Garden Trail for anyone visiting the area.
Isn't it amazing how the sunshine just makes everything in the garden look brighter? It's the beginning of July and the colours are more intense, if only we could freeze the garden just as it is right now! Here are my sunny #sixonsaturday in July!
Companion planting is an organic method of growing two or more different plants together which will have mutual benefits to each other.