Garden Designer and TV presenter Leonie Cornelius explores the beautiful gardens by Annette Coleman of Sligo Garden Flowers in August 2015 Sligo Now Magazine.
This garden really evolved rather than any elaborate planning. From the first small flower bed that I planted at the front door about seven years ago to what it is today, has taken a lot of hard work, but it has been a real labour of love. There were already some wild flowers naturally growing under self-sown native birch trees like primroses, buttercups and honeysuckle. I then gradually started managing the area clearing the builders’ rubble and pulling out brambles , thistles and docks and letting the ‘nice’ weeds take over.
The wild strawberries were a real surprise to find, but as I discovered how rampant they can grow they have been relegated to the really wild parts of the garden. The earth is very boggy here and it is always a battle with the soft ground trying to keep it drained. But for all that, it was possible to grow roses perennials and annuals in abundance.
You may know me by my flower pots rather than by my face! Made from cans, re-painted, they have become synonymous with my name and customers seem to love them.