Wedding Season is here!





I suppose you could say that Easter heralds the start of the wedding season every year.

I heard recently from a waiter in Maryborough House Hotel that the number of weddings in Ireland has increased in the last few years and hotels are busier than ever with their wedding business.

If you are invited to a wedding over the summer, something for the newlywed’s garden would be sure to make an interesting and novel present. Cornus Controversa, otherwise known as the Wedding Cake Tree (pictured) would make a beautiful present.

It is the quintessential small garden tree. Its beautiful wide spreading horizontally tiered branches are what makes it so special and what gives it its common name. Its bright green foliage with creamy coloured margins turns yellow in autumn. Blue-black fruit follows small white flowers in summer.

Exochorda ‘The Bride’ is a wonderful spring flowering shrub and would make a sentimental and romantic wedding present too. It can be grown as a shrub or as a climber. I have two in my garden each doing different things. One is in a large bed and the second is trained as a climber on a northeast-facing wall. They are beautiful at the moment and their abundant showy white flowers never fail to impress. ‘The Bride’ can grow to ten feet in height and six feet wide. A fertile well-drained soil will do and full sun or dappled shade suits as well.

Lily of the valley is also associated with weddings as its dainty highly scented flowers are often used in bouquets. Plant one and you’ll find that it will naturalize easily. It prefers a damp shady spot and flowers in May.

Things to do this week…

– Take the long view and plant asparagus. In three years you will have your first crop and free asparagus for about 20 years thereafter

– Your first early potatoes should be in the ground now, chit your second earlies on a warm windowsill

– Start your courgettes inside for planting out in May

– Organise an Easter egg hunt!

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I am passionate about gardening and creating outdoor spaces that are gorgeous, adventurous, productive and fun. I have been advising and designing gardens for many years starting with friends and family as well as developing my own garden design in Cork near Crosshaven. I have been doing this whilst bearing and rearing our four children, who also garden with me and share my interest and passion, especially in the vegetable and fruit garden. I am the Gardening columnist for the Cork Independent free newspaper. I take all my own photographs for my articles on gardening and will also customise cards for clients using photographs taken in their home and garden.

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