Author Archive | G. Jolliffe

Rocks and stones

In my Galway garden there are more rocks and stones than soil. Some people say that during the Celtic Tiger period, soil was taken away from sites and sold, then sold again – back to whoever bought the same house and site a year later! Could this be true? I asked myself… stupidly. Of course […]

Stoney Grey Soil

STONEY GREY SOIL BY PATRICK KAVANAGH * O stony grey soil of Monaghan The laugh from my love you thieved; You took the gay child of my passion And gave me your clod-conceived. . You clogged the feet of my boyhood And I believed that my stumble Had the poise and stride of Apollo And […]

Slugs don’t like beer

 Slugs 10 – Beer 0 Remember last weeks post when I was happily planning how to get rid of slugs? Well, you heard it from me. I have caught not a single slug with my carefully laid out beer traps. Is it the wrong beer? Don’t those fussy little slugs like cheap Lidl lager? What do they […]

The War On Weeds

Ask any gardener and they will probably tell you that when it comes to fighting the war on weeds, you might win a few battles here and there, but weeds are a formidable foe. The front will keep moving around the garden and you will never, ever win the war. Most gardeners never stop trying […]


WILDFLOWER MEADOW In my first post about my barren, Burren wildflower meadow I mentioned my disappointment at the lack of growth in the flower department, the speedy growth in the weed department and the lack of any replies in the email department from Gerry, the professional and ‘passionate about gardening’ gardener who prepared the ground […]

The Wildflower Meadow

WILDFLOWER MEADOW AND OTHER DREAMS The first thing I planned to do when I moved to our new home in Galway was to grow a wildflower meadow. The section directly in front of the house, which faces east, was an unruly grass-covered mess that apparently used to be a lawn. My husband, M, is not […]

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