Difference between Snowdrops and Snow flakes

What’s the difference between a snowdrop and a snowflake?

www.burtown House

www.burtown House

Snowdrops, have two distinct whorls of corolla segments (“petals”), arranged so that the three outer segments are large and usually unmarked, while the three inner segments are smaller and form a tube in the centre of the flower. They usually bear green markings at their tips and sometimes at the base as well. Snowflakes, members of the genus Leucojum, have six corolla segments(petals) of equal length, each tipped with green or yellowish-green. Their leaves are also usually glossy bright green, and the plants look much bigger than a snowdrop. The spring snowflake is Leucojum vernum, and the summer snowflake, or London lily, is L. aestivum.

Compost Bin

Garden Composting

Known as Black Gold, the essential ingredient to help sustain a healthy environment in your Garden.

Compost Bin

Compost bin

It is important to return to the soil, as much as possible, what you have removed. The soil is composed of millions of insects, micro organisms and fungi, all with their own jobs. Breaking down, organic matter, recycling nutrients, creating channels for both air and water.

Bulky organic matter, in the form of compost and manure forms structure which acts like a sponge retaining large amounts of water, helping especially in drought situations. Soil heat is retained longer as it acts like an insulating blanket.

Home compost is made from all organic non-cooked waste. Never add meat or any cooked food as it will attractive wild life to your heap (rats). It is a combination of 2/3 green (vegetative) and 1/3 brown (twigs, shredded paper — carbon, saw dust, wood chip).

In an ideal situation do not add weeds, especially with seeds. These can be composted separately in double black plastic sealed bags and left for approx. 2 years to insure all traces of original make up has ceased. Personally, I feel we will always have weeds and add everything except certain weeds which are particularly difficult to deal with e.g., Convolvulus roots (bind weed).

A really well working compost heap will create heat, thus killing weed seeds sometimes actually going on fire!!




   Atlantic Youth Trust medal winning garden, Bloom in the Park 2015, designed by Annmarie Bowring, Dalkey Garden School

Atlantic Youth Trust medal winning garden, Bloom in the Park 2015, designed by Annmarie Bowring, Dalkey Garden School

Mount Stewart Seminar

Diarmuid Gavin taking my photo up at Mount Stewart yesterday (well there were a few others there also!) Great information shared from Richard Wheeler,Kenneth Cox, and of course, Diarmuid. Mount Stewart looking amazing and the house is absolutely beautiful. I feel so lucky to have such a passion for gardening as it brings me into contact with such special places and fantastic people.

Taking my photo at Mount Stewart

Taking my photo at Mount Stewart

Speakers at Mount Stewart Seminar 2015

Diarmuid Gavin, Kenneth Cox, Neil Portius and Richard Wheeler at Mount Stewart Seminar 2015


Delighted to have this fabulous product. Natural, easy to use, environmentally friendly and Irish.

It is the only certified organic compost that is manufactured in Ireland.

An independent scientific plant trial indicated that this compost produced better and stronger plants that had higher fruit yields than the most widely available imported certified organic compost. It also out performed a leading conventional multipurpose compost. These findings are reflected by the testimonies of those who have used it.

The compost is produced on a commercial worm farm in Donegal and it is created when the worms digest their bedding material converting it into rich organic compost also known as “Worm Cast.”
I have just taken a fresh delivery €7.50 per bag 10 bags for the cost of 9.


Chicken Coops

After much deliberation, I finally, last March, got my chicken coop and two chickens. Here in Dalkey Garden School we are surrounded with foxes. Lucie Loo (our dog) had a fantastic chase with one a couple of weeks ago. So far, our chickens have been safe and laying!! The added life they bring to the garden and mess is worth it all. I added a third chicken this summer so I have 3 eggs every day.

Dalkey Garden School at Sue Ryder Vintage Fair

Experiments carried out after the Second World War by an Austrian named Viktor Schauberger showed copper had a marked effect on improving the productivity of farmland.

The Chinese and Egyptians revered copper for its antimicrobial properties and their ideas are substantiated today.

For example, the Legionella bacterium (Legionnaire’s disease) cannot survive in copper water pipes.

By the 1950’s experimental work had proven that the use of copper implements in agriculture resulted in a distinct improvement in both quality and yield of field crops. Copper benefits soil by feeding beneficial microscopic life adding conductivity to the soils own life building energies!

Copper Ores

Copper Tools and Why Dalkey Garden School stand at Sue Ryder Vintage Fair

Copper Tools and Why
Dalkey Garden School stand at Sue Ryder Vintage Fair

Copper occurs naturally in healthy soils. These tiny particles increase water retention and in so doing contribute to the conditions for vigorous and healthy vegetation growth. Copper gardening tools take advantage of this fact to carefully improve soils in the most natural way.

Trace Elements

Plants require numerous trace elements for our healthy growth and equilibrium. Even microscopic amounts of trace elements have an important function in a healthy organism, including human beings. Copper gardening tools are especially useful in making sure copper and even gold and magnesium are absorbed by the earth in your garden.

The New Bronze Age

  • Contact with copper can improve the soil structure, which is good for your plants
  • Copper does not rust
  • The tools are hard-wearing and will last for years
  • Copper is lighter than iron or steel, so our tools are more comfortable to use.