This blog is all about gardening – in particular it is about Gortnalee Garden in County Laois in Ireland. This garden was begun in 2009 – we had built our home on a little over half an acre and the garden surrounds the house. It was the corner of a field and had a crop of turnips growing in it when we purchased the site. We had moved from Dublin in late 2007 and the challenge my late husband Brendan gave me was to design a garden without lawns. He was retired and his ambition was not to have to start mowing lawns again!
The soil was heavy clay – very different to what I had experienced in Dublin, and presented many challenges. During 2008 we laid in gravel paths to all parts of the garden so that it would be accessible in all seasons and this proved to be a very good decision.
This is a view of the front garden taken in April 2014