The November Garden 2022

The November Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins THE ARRIVAL OF FOG Last night there were patches of fog in the open fields high above Villa Marie, and massed mists moved across the sleeping garden. From the top of Barnavara Hill, ghostly scenes drifted about in the valley of...
The October Garden 2022

The October Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins RED ROBIN CHARM In sombre, darkened gardens,(due perhaps to the shade set by buildings, shrubbery, or street planting) it is possible to depend solely on leaves to provide light, colour, interest, and movement, apart altogether from any...
The September Garden 2022

The September Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins AUTUMN BLUES? Autumn rolls on in its dog-day laziness, a huge interruption to the playfulness and leisure of the  gardening fraternity who loved the warmth and light of  summer days. As I age, I wish more and more for summer to continue....
The August Garden 2022

The August Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins SUMMER STARS In all areas of Cork, pretentiousness is increasing to the point of vulgarity, and it’s leading to arrogance and bile-like snobbery. Discrimination follows at a slower pace. I have experienced it and lived with it for over...
The July Garden 2022

The July Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins A SNEAKY WEED I know a weed that lurks in the half-light under shrubs and near to choice perennials, and after it’s deceptively pretty lemon saucers are over, it does something very sneaky! It uses camouflage, slimming itself expertly in...
The June Garden 2022

The June Garden 2022

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins NATURE’S  FULNESS The magnificence and splendour of May and June have no equal! Both are gratifying and gracious in their characteristics. The scents and sounds in the garden lure my spirit into seeing miracles on a daily basis and I...