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On Redemption, Saying Sorry & Some Personal Forgiveness*

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I have, from the time I was a young child, been acutely introspective and sensitive.  I'm not saying that's a good thing or something everyone should aspire to, nor am I denigrating it.  Its just a fact and very much a part of who I am.  When I was a teenager my friends used to tell me, "Stop saying sorry!" because I said it a lot and it annoyed them.

Now I find, having recently turned 44, that as I look back on my life there are many things I'm not really happy with that are my own in/actions.  And I know I shouldn't be so hard on myself.  How could I possibly expect the 20 year old me to act like the 44 year old me would? So I'm working on self-forgiveness, etc. but at the same time I recognise and take responsibility that I haven't always acted in a way that I'm proud of.  And for that, I am extremely, publicly, sorry.

I can't regret the decisions I've made as everything has brought me to where I am today, and I am very thankful for t…

Gardener's Almanac: June 2016

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Well, its started.  We are a week into what is being hailed as the best, sunniest weather of the last 30 years in Dublin.  And it is AMAZING, perfect weather.  So it should be great growing weather but I'm concerned that the cold Spring has taken its toll.  Some of the veg seeds planted still aren't sprouting, and I cannot tell if I haven't given them enough time or if something more sinister (pests) is/are afoot.

I'm also rapidly typing this while I'm waiting for the kitchen floor to dry and hurriedly trying to get a few jobs done before heading out to the annual garden show, Bloom In the Park.  This is my fourth year in a row attending. I always bring something home that adds colour to the garden.  In past years, I've brought home clematis, a lily and a hydrangea.  This year I am specifically looking for allium bulbs, particularly christophii.

So how's the garden actually doing? Well, here's a look...

The huechera continue to impress, especially as I …