- On May 9, 2016
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This week, I’ve been creating a tiny (2m x 3m) show garden as part of the Antrim Garden Trail’s exhibit at Garden Show Ireland.
I wanted to create a little sample of Kilcoan in spring and, judging by the feedback, I think I may have pulled it off.
The weather has been so cold which helped as I would rather the plants were just beginning to flower than going over. On hind sight, I should have moved certain plants in to the tunnel a few weeks earlier, such as galium odoratum, centaurea montana, geranium macrorhizum, camassia and alliums. All of the plants were propagated from our garden stock, except for the bulbs which were purchased and potted up in autumn.
The plants are as follows:
Muscari Peppermint, narcissus Geranium & Silver Chimes, tulipa Abigail & Blue Diamond, camassia esculenta and allium cowanii
Galium odoratum, primula veris, geum rivale, silene dioica, geranium macrorrhizum Bevans Variety, polemonium Lambrooke Mauve, polemonium Stairway to Heaven, brunnera Jack Frost, alchemilla mollis, centaurea montana, lupin Chandelier, thalictrum aquilegifolium and aquilegia.
Trees – betula pendula & acer campestre
The focal point of the display is an “insect hotel” at the end of the path, adding a vertical dimension in a kind of sculptural sense. Although it looks ornamental, the spec is such that it should prove useful – corrugated card for lacewings, correct diameter of holes for solitary bees. It will also face south / southeast when brought back to Kilcoan which is important.
It was such a wonderful experience and the atmosphere was so amazing that I would highly recommend a visit (next year!).
Photo courtesy Of Linda Thompson