The October Garden

The October Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins SEASONAL CHANGES Trees will soon undress, their accessories will totter and twist to begin, then eventually fall to the sodden ground in a slow, liquid fashion. They will litter in the process, ending up in corners and under shrubs and...
The September Garden

The September Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins AN INDIAN SUMMER Weather is both enjoyable and enduring! It can be benign or devastating. It is one of Earth’s last wild things and although we can predict it to some extent, we cannot control it. Weather profoundly affects our culture,...
The August Garden

The August Garden

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins A PLAGUE OF SPITTLEBUGS Doesn’t the busyness of the garden in summer sometimes become wearisome? Plants grow rampant and begin to smother each other as the ‘middle aged spread’ continues unabated. Weeds too, become tall, lanky, and...
The May Gap

The May Gap

Gardening with Charlie Wilkins THE MAY GAP A shelf of gardening books is like an attic of memories and forgotten stories! I wanted to look up ‘lilac trees’ now that we have entered May but could not find a single tome which could name a few modern varieties. My search...
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...