Me and my garden

by - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I’ve sometimes struggled to come up with topics for my blog – my last few posts were all business related which makes sense as I’m blogging as a business owner. However it occurred to me recently that I may be a business owner but it’s so much part of my life that the two are very much intertwined. Purity Belle is not just about candles, it’s about the ideas and philosophy I bring to my craft and to my life. With that in mind, I’ve decided to blog just as me the odd time and share a little bit of my life with you J To make things easier, I have added categories so as time goes on, you can just select your own area of interest and ignore the rest if you like!
This Easter break was lovely, I finally got time to work in my garden.  Many years ago, I did the RHS General Certificate in Horticulture with Ciarán Burke from The Garden School (who was then teaching at the Dublin School of Horticulture) and loved every minute of it. I volunteered subsequently in a local Camphill Community and spent many wonderful hours in the beautiful organic garden.  Some of the cold and wet days were not so pleasant but when the sun shone and I was outdoors in my wellies working with soil and plants, nothing felt as good!
 My own garden is tiny but I love it and although it’s been a bit neglected the last few years through lack of time, I’ve been making inroads this year. I had planned to sow lots of seedlings but in the end I just managed some lettuce and these marigolds, which are a lovely golden colour and great companion plants.
marigolds in the garden

 There really is nothing nicer than fresh salad and rocket leaves straight from the garden and it’s the easiest thing in the world to do, even if you grow nothing else. Here are mine growing nicely!
Salad in my garden


I have an apple and a plum tree, as well as strawberries and raspberries and lots of herbs. In fact I’m slightly overgrown with chives but they’re so nice in salads and I use them as a substitute for spring onions or onions if I’ve run out of those.
A lot of my herbs (and strawberries) are in containers – this is the perfect compromise in a small garden and the pots outside my door are perfectly situated for grabbing a handful of herbs J
The only bad thing about pots, I guess, is that you have to remember to repot and renew the compost and water really well, even in rainy season as they can’t draw water from the soil.
I’ve taken my love of upcycling into the garden, spent some of the weekend trying to finish my bottle border which was inspired by gorgeous pictures on Pinterest – here’s a glimpse, will post pics when I finally get it finished.
Wine Bottle Border in the garden

One thing I’ve realised though, is that all the pinterest pics obviously were in muck free areas J This definitely needs an occasional wipe down so that the glass doesn’t get lost under all the muck. I didn’t bother removing labels because they will eventually just get worn away by the weather and why create work for yourself?
We are also now proud owners of an upcycled pallet bench, made by Mark, my lovely husband. It has pride of place against the wall where we can sit and enjoy the sun and have a cup of tea (or glass of wine).
Pallet Bench in the garden


So all in all, I’m happy with my garden progress J I find it so soothing and having the beauty of nature right outside my door is a constant inspiration, just take a look at the colours of these tulips, so amazing!
I hope you all had an equally nice Easter break and enjoyed the gorgeous weather, xx


Red Tulip

Orange Tulip

Yellow Tulip

Tulip closed with raindrops

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