The Patient Gardener


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate” I am sharing with you the indulgence that is Helen Dillon’s downstairs WC as I think it fits well with the definition of ornate as “breathtakingly extravagant”.  For the non-obsessive gardeners amongst my readers I should explain that Helen is a well-known garden writer who lives in the suburbs of Dublin.  I blogged about a visit to her garden back in July… Read More

Helen Dillon’s garden in Dublin left me feeling very perplexed.  It was one of the two gardens I had been really looking forward to visiting on my tour and I was surprised not to feel thrilled at the visit. The garden is well-known for its much photographed central pool/rill flanked with herbaceous borders.  You enter the garden via the house and find yourself looking down on the garden with the rill and… Read More

Being a readaholic I often get gardening books out of my local libary as I couldnt afford to finance my habit!  I am getting to the point where I have read most of them and may need to find another library but recently I have come across a couple of gems. The first is Helen Dillon’s Garden Book.  I have only recently discovered the author through her monthly articles for The English… Read More