Garden Diary

We want you to enjoy some nature space during these challenging times. We plan to  post photographs and short videos of life in the Labyrinth and Secret Gardens of Ash Cottage on a weekly basis for you to enjoy. 


Éadaoin & Ray


Ash Cottage closed its doors on the 16th March 2020 due to Covid-19


Pear Blossom

Pear symbolises affection, comfort and inner peace.

Wild Strawberriy Leaves

Strawberries symbolise Venus, decency, and nobility of spirit.

Wild Strawberries  symbolise Venus, decency, and nobility of spirit.

Apple Blossom

Apple symbolises knowledge, abundance, and temptation.

Wild Garlic Flower

Garlic symbolises fertility, good health, protection and overcoming fear

Wild Strawberry Flowers

Wild Strawberry Flowers

Angel Wings

Dandelion Flower

Symbolises emotional healing, surviving through difficulties

The Dawn Chorus on Easter Sunday 2020


Herb Garden

White Admiral butterfly on the lemon tree in the glass house.

The Butterfly represents transformation, endurance, hope and life.


The Elder Tree represents death birth and rebirth.  Associated with carrying out a self assessment of your past life and where you are going, and who you want become.

Hawthorn Flowering

The Hawthorn is one of the most sacred trees in Celtic Mythology It symbolises love and protection.

Tree Fungi


Cottage 'Handwriting' Garden in full bloom

Wild Orchid

Foxgloves after rain

Elderflower Champagne and Wild Strawberries

First of the summer harvest



Marsh Iris, Lower Pond


Wild Blueberries

Wild Cherries

Flowering Flax

Garden Bench made from Curragh Bench


'Minotaur'Log in the Lavender Labyrinth

Honesty in seed

Apples ripening


Elm and Hazel Tree Pathway 


Spider Web Tunnel

Green Shield Bug

Orange Tree


Ray juicing the pears

Glass of freshly made Sweet Pear Juice

Ripe apples, ready for picking and making apple juice and aple jelly.

An all time favourite for those who visit Ash Cottage. Hot buttered wheaten bread with Ray’s Apple Jelly.



Making Sloe Gin from locally foraged Sloes.


31st Decemeber New Year's Eve


New Year's Day

The labyrinth walk provides an opportunity to reflect on life whilst at the same time moving forwards towards possibilities for the future. The triple spiral can mean of host of different things. Past, Present, Future; Mother, Father, Child; Birth, Life, Death Cycles; to name but a few.


Ash Cottage’s Celtic Labyrinth needs weeding and a good raking over. These activities provide a regulating opportunity to: contemplate on the challenges last year brought and continues to bring; enjoy the sensory experience of being present in nature; look forward to normal contact with family, friends and having people visit Ash Cottage again.

Ice from the frozen pond

Buds on the Crab Apple tree

Fuchsia flowers and buds

Last of the potato crop