Lacking a full-scale garden of my own these days, I find there’s nothing else for it but to live vicariously through the gardens of others.
Fortunately for me, the National Botanic Gardens are not far away and, apart from being a generally lovely place to while away the time, you’ll find, tucked away in a corner of the grounds, their walled fruit and vegetable garden. It’s my first port of call when I visit.
It truly does me a power of good to see just what it is you can grow in a sheltered patch of Irish ground – what you’ll see below is only a small selection. Of course I would love to take some of the bounty home with me, but I dutifully obey the ‘do not pick’ signs (no, really, I do). Besides, it’s good to know that, while some plants are left for display purposes, much of what is grown is harvested and shared out among the staff who have helped to tend to it. Proper order too.