Category Archives: Blog

Summer Scything

Five years ago, the team here at Lismore set about turning the previously lawned orchard into a meadow. It was one of the first jobs that Darren Topps, our Head Gardener, implemented on his arrival and since then more areas have been turned over to 'wild' grassed areas. Darren brought with him a deep knowledge…
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Winter Work

"You must be looking forward to a bit of downtime for the Winter"   ...... sigh. How many gardeners hear this and how often.. every year! Most of the time we can all shrug it off and calmly explain to the unfortunate indoor cats the reality of the situation. Sometimes though, when we've been out in…
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Annual Handling

Peak annual has just passed. The month of July tends to be THE month for full scale annual assault, the aftermath of which then continues slowly and steadily right through to the first frosts. Annual plants, for those who are unfamiliar with gardening terms, are plants who undergo their entire life-cycle in one year, or…
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40 Spring flowering plants for your garden

Lee Behegan is Lismore Castle Gardens youngest team member and has just finished his RHS level 2 exams. One of Lee's jobs is to pick out ten of his favourite plants every week as part of the display in the Riding House, which includes plants of current interest that week. The following is Lee's blog on…
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Let’s Get Digital(is)…

How many Digitalis varieties can be considered too many to grow? I like to think you can’t have too many of these beauties. This year we have outdone ourselves on the variety and quantity of plants we are propping from seed, among them we have ten various species of Digitalis. Although this plant is traditionally…
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Early Spring

There are many vaunted harbingers of spring. Depending on your degree of optimism or downright determination to shrug off the gloom of the dark days of winter, these glimmers of hope that the seasons are shifting can be as early as December. More so if you are immersed in the outdoors, working through the dark…
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