Scarlet Elfscup on the Forest Floor

Sarcoscypha austriaca, commonly referred to as Scarlet Elfcup, is a mushroom that is associated with dead wood and is often found on fallen trees and branches.  I stumbled across this red burst of… Continue reading

Irish Snowdrops

In Ireland and across most of Europe at the moment the country side is awash with the delicate and beautiful flowers known as  snowdrops. Galanthus nivalis, is one of the best-known and most widespread… Continue reading

Spring has Sprung

Spring has truly sprung in Ireland. Today marks the official start of Spring and nature is in full swing at the moment. Fresh new growth is appearing on shrubs and trees which feeds the excited gardener in me with… Continue reading

Woodland Jewel

It really does pay to wander off the beaten track while out for a walk. On my usual walk in Donadea Forest, Kildare, I decided to go off the well-worn path in search… Continue reading

An Invasive Asian Beauty

On a trip this year to the Wicklow mountains, for a college field trip I stumbled across a monster that plagues many gardeners around the country. This beast from the orient is one… Continue reading

A Quick Glimpse of the Wicklow Mountains

Last year as part of an elective I took in college I went on an amazing field trip to the Wicklow Mountains. The trip focused on the mining activities that were carried out… Continue reading

Beyond the Woods

Last year I went on a tour of Killinthomas woods in North Kildare. After it, I wrote the following article for the Autumn issue of Irish Wildlife to share my thoughts on the woods.… Continue reading

Spring is in the Air

Spring is truly in full swing all around the country at the moment. The sun is actually shining and new growth can be seen around every corner. On a recent walk in the… Continue reading

Turning over a new Leaf:

With 2013 truly underway, I have decided my blog need some desperate T.L.C!! I had a busy 2012 that meant I did not get to update my blog as much as I wanted.… Continue reading

Bloom 2012 – An adventure in a horticultural playground

Although I was working while I was at Bloom this year, I did find a few stolen moments to meander around the tents and show gardens that were dotted around the Phoenix Park,… Continue reading