The Spring Garden

The Spring Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins I DON’T BELIEVE IT Looking back through the memories in my mind, I recall how our children, the six of them, were astonished when told that their parents once lived without telephone, television, or media networking! The very...
The Garden in December

The Garden in December

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins WELCOME ANOTHER CHRISTMAS There are two winters here in this fast-developing city suburb of Glanmire/Riverstown. Each have their own distinctive character, one with diminishing light, the other increasing. The former falls before...
The Garden in September 2020

The Garden in September 2020

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins RAVISHING PAINT COLOURS Various redevelopments around the garden at ‘Villa Marie’ during my enforced Covid cocooning meant that paint brushes, hoes, and power tools were constantly in use! Garden chairs and tables were subjected to...
The Garden in August

The Garden in August

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins ONSET OF AUTUMN The way I see things, an Irish summer is a bit of a hit or miss affair with occasional sunny breaks daily, usually between the hours of 5pm to 7pm! However, for the remaining majority it seems we are forced to live with...
The Garden in July

The Garden in July

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins A MIDSUMMER SPECTACULAR An important thing to know about scent in the open garden is that there are relatively few plants whose perfume will hang on the air in such a way as to make you sniff in inquiry as you walk past. Many things...
The Garden in June

The Garden in June

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins THE GARDEN IN JUNE Advice on gardening should be like a gentle fall of snow, not like a driving storm of hail. It should descend softly and not be uttered hastily. It should inform without overstating and be of interest to the newcomer...