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Best of 2017

Some of my favourite images from 2017! It’s been another busy year spent photographing gardens throughout Ireland. Highlights this year include images from The Bay Garden, Hunting Brook gardens, June Blake’s garden, Patthana garden, Carmel Duignan’s garden and the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh. Hope you all have a great year!


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Best of 2016

Some of my favourite images from 2016! I’ve been busy concentrating on floral images this year but will be aiming to capture more landscapes in 2017. Hope you all have a great year!

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Best of 2015!


It’s been a busy and productive year, though frustrating in many ways thanks to the weather! Most of this years images were taken on a small number of outings when the weather played ball. As usual there were many “lost” opportunities where wind and rain played havoc! Here’s a selection of my favourites from 2015! Hopefully the weather will play ball in 2016! Many thanks to Jimi Blake at Hunting Brook Gardens for allowing me access over the year – I took a great number of images which I’m still working through!

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Late spring at The Bay Garden, Camolin

I spent a lovely afternoon at The Bay Garden outside Camolin yesterday. There were some great late spring flower and foliage combinations on show! The woodland garden was superb! Thanks to Frances for her hospitality!

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Late spring at Hunting Brook Gardens, Wicklow!

I paid a visit to Hunting Brook Gardens recently to catch the last of the late spring flowers. There were some rare and unusual plants on show! My favourites were the Podophyllum which were looking superb in the dappled woodland lighting

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Primrose Hill Snowdrops

I paid a short trip to Primrose Hill in Lucan recently to see their early spring garden complete with snowdrops! Lots of photo opportunities although the light wasn’t great. I will have to visit again during February as more and more of the snowdrops come into season. My favourites on this visit were the bright yellow Galanthus lutescens. I was particularly taken by all the Galanthus and Cyclamen seedlings which were everywhere! Very natural looking as a result!

Primrose Hill is open each day during February from 2pm to dusk.

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