Category: Outdoor

Powerscourt Gardens in Bloom

Powerscourt Gardens in Bloom

Last summer, I helped a friend photograph a wedding in the Dublin area. During a site visit, we stopped off at Powerscourt Estate to tour the gardens and have a cuppa at the Avoca cafe located on the grounds. I found…

small cucumber on vine

Growing a Small Vegetable Garden

I planted my very first vegetable garden this year. It’s not the first time I’ve grown vegetables, but it is the first time I’ve been responsible for the entire process of planning, planting, and feeding my own small vegetable garden….

lisianthus pink bouqet

Zone 9 Full Sun Garden

I’m in full garden obsession down here in Tampa. I’m talking a Burpee catalog perusing, zone 9 studying, spending all my fun money, sun measuring, seed buying, Lowe’s garden center stalking, Pinterest image gathering level of obsession. It’s all I…

Spring Gardening Checklist

Spring Gardening Checklist

April may be volatile, but the warmer temperatures and suddenly clear blue skies are welcome respites from winter. By the start of the month, I’m getting a bit itchy to be outside in the garden. On the first sunny day of…

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

Instead of sweltering temperatures, withering gardens, and mosquitos, high summer in Ireland is filled with cool temperatures and gardens where creativity and passion take center stage as flowers tumble over stone fences. Gardening is part of everyday life here and a majority of houses…

Beautiful Container Gardens in London

Beautiful Container Gardens in London

Those of you who live in cities know that gardening space is usually very limited. We recently moved from a country cottage with virtually unlimited space to a row house in the heart of the city. The move forced me…

Rococo Parrot Tulip

Rococo Parrot Tulip

The tulips that we planted last November came roaring into bloom this month: white, orange, cream and tinted with purple. But my favorite were these Rococo Parrot Tulips purchased at a bargain shop in town. They bloomed like an exotic…

Sunsets and Snowdrops

Sunsets and Snowdrops

The pace of my life has slowed down dramatically over the past week. We’re back from a visit to the States for the holidays. Christmas was celebrated, New Years Eve was slept through, and a new team was launched from…

Modern Office Plants

Modern Office Plants

Say goodbye to the straggly, unfashionable office plant with these modern options from The Sill, chosen for Martha Stewart Living’s American Made contest. If you live in NYC, you can have them delivered to your office. If you don’t, you’ll…

Growing Mint

Growing Mint

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Start by taking a clipping off a healthy mint plant. Clip about three or four leaf sets down from the top of the stem. Strip off the bottom set of leaves, and place in a vase…

Windowsill Herb Garden

Windowsill Herb Garden

Photography by Rebekah Burder. College is the perfect time to start gardening on your own, and what better way to take the leap than with an easy and budget-friendly windowsill herb garden. All you need is an afternoon free, and…

A New View

A New View

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Do you spend a lot of time tweaking your house? My mom did, and I do. So I’m assuming it at least somewhat common. I often sit and stare at the same spot in our house…

Maintaining Ivy

Maintaining Ivy

Photography by Rebekah Burder. A majority of our summer evenings have been spent on a constant cycle of plant, water, prune, weed, repeat. We have a combination of established plants from previous tenants, garden refreshes done by us, and beds…

Stylish Container Gardens

Stylish Container Gardens

Have I mentioned my obsession with container gardens? I love them. They’re the simplest form of gardening, with little to no stress. You just plant, water, feed, repeat, and within a few weeks the plants are double the size and spilling…

Lismore in Bloom

Lismore in Bloom

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Lismore Castle Gardens captured my heart last September not long after we moved to Ireland. Even on a gloomy fall day, it was a quiet piece of heaven on earth. I couldn’t wait until this summer,…

Redefining Summer

Redefining Summer

Photography by Rebekah Burder. I’m wearing jeans and a long-sleeve t-shirt as I type this. This morning, I had on a fleece as I did a bit of gardening. Fleece, in June. My life has gone cray cray. I have…

Summer Gardening

Summer Gardening

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We’ve been on a planting frenzy here in Ireland–it’s the kind of place where gardening is easy and low-cost–and it’s turned into a hobby we really enjoy together. He fishes, I read, we garden. Several evenings…

Bloom Recap

Bloom Recap

Photography by Rebekah Burder. All good things must come to an end, and so Bloom in the Park ends with this last post. I thought I would include a few favorite details I found in the gardens. My obsession with…

Garden of Plenty

Garden of Plenty

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Created as an example of urban and sustainable gardening, this Garden of Plenty–designed by Eugene Boyle, Woodcollective, and Aqua Landscapes–was one of my top three gardens at Bloom. While other gardens, like the fairy and fruit gardens,…

Climbing Clematis

Climbing Clematis

Photography by Rebekah Burder. I have a new love in my life, clematis. I’m obsessed with this climbing vine after seeing it in my mother-in-law’s Alabama garden. It’s such a beautiful plant, and one that comes back bigger and more…

A Fruit-Filled Garden

A Fruit-Filled Garden

Photography by Rebekah Burder. This large garden at Bloom was designed by Jane McCorkell for Keeling’s, a vegetable and fruit grower north of Dublin. What I loved most about this garden was the soothing color scheme of whites, pinks, and…

A Fairy Garden in Greens

A Fairy Garden in Greens

Photography by Rebekah Burder. I had a chance to drive up to Dublin and attend Bloom In The Park last weekend. It was the largest garden show I’ve been to, and one of the aspects I was most excited about…

Merrion Square via Honeysuckle Life

Merrion Square

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. Merrion Square is the older sister of Dublin’s more famous park, St. Stephen’s Green. It’s smaller and not as internationally known, but no less beautiful. The square is surrounded by Georgian style townhomes,…

Monkey Puzzle Trees

Monkey Puzzle Trees

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Monkey puzzle trees. Until six months ago, I had never heard of these crazily beautiful evergreens. Until visiting Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, I had no idea they could grow so large. You can see my friend…

Inspiring Outdoor Places

Inspiring Outdoor Places

Photography by Angus Fergusson for House and Home. So immediately after I wrote this post about windowsill gardens, it snowed, hailed, and then the sun came back out to play. Then it did that for five more days. Let’s just…

Trellis Love

Trellis Love

We have this big blank concrete wall lining one side of the patio. It’s so perfect for a trellis system, and we’ve started researching options. Here are a few of my favorites I found on the interwebs! Above, a modern…

Rooftop Envy

Rooftop Envy

Photography for Sotheby’s via Street Easy. This might be the blogging world’s most shared rooftop garden, but I couldn’t resist. Isn’t it bee-yoo-ti-ful? I should be so lucky as to have something similar in my backyard. Amazing when you consider…

Windowsill Gardens

Windowsill Gardens

Spring is definitely starting to happen here in Ireland! I can see buds on trees and bushes, and some of the early indicators of warmer weather, like daffodils, are lining the back roads of County Kilkenny. It’s still a tricky…

Cox & Cox

Cox & Cox

When I saw the shop Cox & Cox featured on My Scandinavian Home, I bookmarked and waited until I had enough time to peruse. It’s one of those shops that I knew I would need to come back to, time…

Juniper and Pine

Juniper and Pine

Image via Better Homes & Gardens. One of the items on my holiday decor “to-do’s” is to pick up a few containers for our front walkway. It has so much potential, and I haven’t had time or ambition enough to…

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