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Each year, We are all frantically looking for the Best fathers day gift,

Here are a few of our Favourites For Fathers Day 2017, here at Griffins, Dripsey Co. Cork.

Top of Every List is Slow Roast Beef Lunch Followed with Granny Griffins Famous Apple Pie.

If you prefer to Give a gift , Hopefully These will Inspire you.

Station Clock and Thermometer

TF005 clock

Never wonder about the time or temperature with this double faced outdoor clock with thermometer. Perfect for placement in the yard, in the garden, or on the patio

Griffins Dripsey €50.00



Chimes of Pluto by woodstock

Chimes of Pluto

This wind chime is designed and handcrafted for superior musical performance. It is hand-tuned to a universal, pentatonic (five-note) scale and acts in concert with the wind to create random patterns of wonderful sound.
Griffins Dripsey €40.00


Tell your Dad he ROCKs with this solar Powered Jumbo Rock Light



rock light
Classic rock spot
High performance Super Bright 15 lumen lighting effect
Perfect for use in beds, borders, pathways, drives and ponds

€16.00 Griffins Dripsey


For a dad who loves to Cook
Mezzaluna by Joseph Joseph
Add some flavour to your cooking with this handy folding mezzaluna for a safe and easy way to chop your herbs, this handy herb chopper folds away to take up less space in the kitchen drawer.

Griffins Dripsey €26.95



How it Works THE DAD.
ladybird the dad
A wonderfully illustrated Ladybird book.  (Ladybird for Adults Collextion) All about the journey and experiences of being a Father. Telling a short story of Fatherhood on each page. The perfect sentimental gift for Father's Day.

Griffins Dripsey €9.95



The Deckchair Gardener

A guide to what not to do in your garden, this entertaining and helpful book teaches you how to avoid pointless and unnecessary garden work, leaving you with the time to enjoy looking after your little patch of paradise.

Griffins Dripsey €10.99



A little Book about Me and My Grandpa
me and my Grandpa

Write, draw and store your favourite memories of you and your grandpa as a celebration of the special relationship between grandfathers and grandchildren

Griffins Dripsey €9.00





Dante Pyramid Heater


DANate pyramid Lifestyle 1

This Dante Pyramid Flame Patio Heater is brilliant for garden patios to keep you and your guests warm on chilly summers evenings.  Be mesmerised by the performance of the flames dancing in this heater as you relax around your patio
Griffins Dripsey €649








Creative Hanging Baskets for your Home & Patio. 



Favourite part of my day is without  question it is planting up and creating hanging baskets and containers for our customers. The fragrance and Colour in the garden centre on the sunny days this week brings joy to all our staff and customer.  Here are a few top tips to creating and maintaing your summer baskets, window boxes  and pots.
Create a container/ basket to suit your colours, style and environment. 

Easy maintenance
If you want to be transported to the Amalfi coast,  Grow a lemon tree or olive tree in a pot, Surround your self with Trailing Geraniums and vibrant coloured pots and containers. If your baskets are located in a Sunny windy position or maybe difficult to water,  then Ivy  geraniums will thrive the best for you. Geraniums give a magical blast of colour and dont require as much watering as other summer plants. Ivy Geraniums  require so little maintenance. Don't forget the rule of Gardening , Always Plant in odd numbers in a basket . 


mediterranean basket


Shade Loving Basket/ Pot

Begonias & Fuchsia will brighten up that corner for you. Both of these have been the best performers over the last few years as they dont mind a cloudy summer. Often with plants like begonias, A basket filled with just begonias can be a real show stopper. 

A Wow Basket 
When A customers request summer baskets bursting with colour for a sunny position,  Its Surfinia baskets mixed with white bacopa, vibrant verbenas  and bursts of yellow biden flowers that will tick all the boxes. The bright colours  and quality of Cork Grown Surfinias that  are the Base to all these baskets. I love the Double headed Surfinias for very large baskets but these need to be dead headed reguarly. If you are not a fan of dead heading, The Million bells and Nemesias would suit you. 
Here are a few of my favourite cominations
White Icing basket or containers
A combintion of these will give you an elegant white Basket or window box: White bacopa,  Nemesia Anona, White surfinias , Buzzy lizzies and White verbena 
white icing
Country Cottage Containers or baskets
Ostopemum Orange underplanted with purple surfinia,  Verbena Blue Violet, White bacopa and yellow bidens
 osteopemum orange
County Pride: Calebrate the Cork county colours :
Nemesia Cherry on ice. red  and White surfinia , White verbena , Red and white upright petunia

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Pastel Pinks
Verbena Coral stars, Hot pink million bells (calibrachoa ), Brachyscome Magenta Delights, Blue vien and pink vein Surfinias , Doble headed pink surfinias
Cool Blue:
Bacoppa Colossal Blue, Deep blue Calibracho , Verbena Silver magic, Neptpea ,  Blue surfinias
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Planting your basket 
Does your basket suit your bracket, I would recommend a 16inch bracket for 14 inch Basket
Make sure you basket has good chains and liner. Fill the baskets & pots with Grosure container and hanging basket compost. When planting a basket always tilt your plants and don't plant too deep. Add 3 slow release tablets to your basket

Aftercare of your Baskets

Basket provide a great source of colour and vibrance all Summer but you need to give them appropriate care:

• Check for water requirements. If it has become dry water thoroughly. If it is still damp refrain from watering.

Sometimes the weight of the basket is a good guideline.

Sometimes you have to water a number of times before the compost soaks up enough moisture so we suggest you water each basketor container and repeat a few minutes later. Touch the compost with your hand and if it is nice and moist you have done the job well!

• Griffins Baskets will have Slow-Release Tablets in them but it is a good idea to add some more throughout the Summer. Liquid feed with Tomato Food is also highly recommended (make sure to follow instructions)

• Dead-head when required.• It may be necessary to rotate your basket on it’s bracket to get a nice even display of flowers.




Moon Garden 2017

With the long summer evenings coming, We all try a spend more time out doors, relaxing in the Calming environment of our Gardens. One of the most romantic garden beds is a moon garden. This is becoming a very popular style as your garden bed rewards you at the night, when you are at home the most. Moon gardening  is a great way to enjoy white or light-colored, night blooming plants, in addition to those that release their intoxicating aromas in the evening. Design a Moon garden and the White Blooms and silver Foliage will reflect the Moonlight or Soft Lightening and  Solar Lights

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Design Tips 
1. To create you Moon Garden, first choose the location. ensure it is a position that you and your visitors will enjoy while also reflecting the moon or uplight it with Solar Lights.
 2. Chose a selction of shrubs and plants that will bring a white glow to your garden through out the year. Below is an extensive list that can be included in your Moon Garden.  Consider height and tier these plants, the result will be magical as if the white blooms are floating at night. 
3. Make Use of design element such as gravel paths, arbours or Large stones
4. Consider artifical light source such as solar lights, lanterns, candles or water features
5. Install piece of art or Mirror, I love garden mirrors in the right place to reflct the moon
6. Choose the correct piece of furniture, I love this years vienna range from LG at Griffins, Ideal for your moon garden or why not paint your Graden bench white.
7. Looking for extra height or a feature, Concrete urns and pedestals filled with White fragrant plants will complete the look. 
white foxgloves
Climbers and Trees to consider :Davidia (dove tree) Silver Birch, Cornus China Girl,  Jasmine, Clematis alba , Climbing hydrangeas, Snowball tree

Shrubs that are ideal for a Moon Garden for their white flower or silver foliage
Hydrangea Lime light,    Bridal Wreath Spirea, Choisya Ternata, Daphnes,  Philadelphus. White Carpet Roses, White Astible, Convolvulus crenoum, cistus white (rock rose), corokia cotoneaster,  Standard white carpet rose underplanted with white pansy   Plant with a Mixture of white showy plants, 
Foxgloves( Height), Bleeding heart, Dianthus Memories, Cosmos, White Nicotina, White Pany, White Busy Lizzies,Llily of the valley, whie Agapathus and Aliumn, Phlox, 
moon garden
Silver or Varigated Foliage : Stachys byzantina (lambs ear), Cineraria, Hostas, Russian Sage, Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
White Flowering bulbs: White Trumpter Tulip, White Crocus, Snowdrops, Thalia Daffodils , white cyclamen
 Magically White Hanging Basket or containers,
 Bacopa, Surfinias, Verbena, Nepeta, white Ivy Geraniums, Trailing Geraniums, Dichondra Silver falls 
So Fall in love with your garden and create your own moon garden, If you would like adice bring photos into to our design team at Griffins and we will help create your moon Garden









The Secret to Success:

Ensure the soil is warm. Warm up your soil by covering it with black plastic a few weeks prior to planting. Those extra degrees will translate into earlier tomatoes. If you are planting in a pot or growbag, put a sheet of aeroboard/polystyrene underneath. This is a much warmer environment for the root system by creating a barrier between cold soil and roots (and also a great way to re-use aeroboard).

An exception to the rule, tomatoes can be buried deeper than they come in the pot – all the way up to the first few leaves. Tomatoes are able to develop roots all along their stems. If you can't dig a deeper hole, simply dig a shallow tunnel and lay the plant sideways. It will straighten up and grow towards the light!

Pinch and side shoot tomatoes regularly. Remove suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches (picture)



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Mulch your tomatoes after the soil has had a chance to warm up. As tomatoes love heat. Mulching conserves moisture and prevents soil and soil-borne diseases from splashing up on to the plants.

If planting in a pot, Place pot near warm wall as the heat is reflected from this

Remove leaves from the bottom 1ft of the stem. These are usually the first leaves to get disease and fungus problems.

Water regularly to keep the soil/compost evenly moist. Feed every 10-14 days with a good organic tomato feed , changing to feeding every 5-7 days once the first fruits start to set. Grow Basil at the base of your tomato plant! This will act as a mulch, and is naturally a great combination plant for tomatoes.

A few marigolds planted in close proximity will help keep your tomatoes free from insects Greenfly & Whitefly If you do happen to get a few insects on your plants, you can boil up some garlic from your kitchen in water, allow to cool and use this as a spray.



Growbags can be difficult I'm not a big fan of growbags for the growing of tomatoes, especially when the growbag is left flat and is planted with three tomatoes. To me, it's far too shallow and plants are difficult to maintain from the point of view of watering. A far better idea is to grow the tomato plant in a pot, approx 50cm in diameter, and use John Innes multipurpose compost. For better depth, cut growbags in half and you have two upright plastic pots.

Sungold - yellow fruit, medium sized, fantastic flavour!

Alicante - medium sized, good old fashioned flavour!

Money Maker - red medium sized, very hardy

Shirley - medium sized with a great taste!

Tumbling Tom - trailing variety, great for containers!

Try a hanging basket of tumbling toms. A great way to grow this little beautys

tumbling tom red tomato



blueberry plant


Blueberries So simple to grow and so good to eat. These berries are absolutely delicious whether eaten fresh or cooked. They grow to approximately 1 metre high, or a little lower if grown in containers. The best soil to use grow the plants in is a lime free compost, with some slow release tablets added. Here's a useful tip: it is best to grow two varieties of blueberry to get good pollination! Always plant your blueberry in Ericaceous compost. This is really the only requirement. It is such a hardy plant that it will survive what ever our weather throws at it Go on! Rediscover the good life – growing fruit is easier than you'd think!


Strawberry Strawberries large

Anyone for Strawberries? Homegrown strawberries taste amazing and are so easy to grow – but, not in the ground! I have found it much easier, and an abundance of fruit had grown, when I grew my strawberries in growbags, in hanging baskets and in raised beds. When strawberries are grown up high they won't get attacked by slugs. Why not grow a few strawberries in a high plastic container, recycle an old drum and cut holes in it and plant strawberries through the holes on top of the container as well. You will have a wonderful crop of great tasting strawberries in no time! A really tasty variety is Elan. This is a professional variety for the demanding amateur grower. It has been given the title of gourmet strawberry. Up until recently, this variety was exclusively available to the professional grower, so it's a real delight to finally be able to offer this on the domestic market! Both of these fruits are Granny Griffins favorite ingredient for her scones. If you would like more advice with tomatoes or any gardening advice, please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tidy Towns Open Day 2017 
How to Earn the Extra Points with Tidy Towns
Open Day for Tidy Towns and Residential Associations at Griffins , Dripsey
Saturday 8th April
Enjoy both presentations and inspirational demos, full of planting combinations, easy gardening techniques and practical advice that you can adapt to suit your town, village or estate. 
We would like to invite 2 members from each Club to either a morning or afternoon event.
To Book your FREE tickets for your Group,
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ring Miriam on (021) 7334286
Morning Event
Registration at 10:30am
Event: 11 - 1pm
Afternoon Event
Registration at 1:30pm
Event: 2 - 4pm
Demostrations and presentations include the following topics
How to earn those extra Points
- Buzzing about Bee’s & Pollinators
- Wildlife Habitats & Natural Amenities
- Landscaping & Open Spaces
- Residential Streets & Housing Areas
- Approach Roads, Streets & Lane
Container Planting:
 -Easy Maintenance
- Proven Winners: Top quality annuals or perineal flowering plants.
- Combination Planting
- Bee Friendly Baskets
 Limited Tickets so book today:
To Book your FREE tickets for upto 2 members from your Group,
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ring Miriam on (021) 7334286

Muintir na Tire Launch Cork School Garden Competition at Griffins Garden Centre.

Pictured at the Launch of the Muintir na Tire Cork School garden competition. Included are Margaret Griffin Miriam Dillon and 'Queen Bee' Jennifer Cotter of Griffins Garden Centre, Bee keepers Ben Philpott and Noel Riordan. Cork County Council officials Louis Duffy, Dr.Mary Stack and Conor Nelligan. Deputy County Mayor Kevin Conway, Donal O'Leary Macroom and District Environmental Group, Pupils and teachers of Scoil Chroí Iosa Blarney, Banteer NS and Aghabullogue NS. Sean Holland Denis Kelly and Seamus Forde Muintir na Tire.

The Muintir na tire Cork School garden competition was officially opened by Deputy County Mayor Kevin Conway last monday in Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey and many primary schools across the County have already entered their school garden in the competition. Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council and the team at Griffins created a Real buzz at the official Launch of the Competition.

Ted Walsh Emma Hughes and Erin Hickey and Deputy Mayor Kevin Conway having fun making 'Bee Friendly Seed Bombs' with Queen Bee Jennifer Cotter at the Cork School Gardens Competition Launch

 Deputy Mayor Conway  said he personally and the County Council were delighted to be associated with this great initiative that helps children to learn the importance of nature and growing your own food while at the same time staying active. Margaret  Griffin and and her team were on hand to gave the children and teachers lots of invaluable advice in Fruit and Vegetable Gardening ,

Pupils from Aghabullogue NS Anna O Leary James Lane and Michelle Murphy learn how to grow potatoes in containers watched by Queen Bee Jennifer Cotter and Dr. Mary Stack Environmental Awareness Officer Cork County Council at the launch of the Muintir na Tire Cork Schools Garden Competition
Erin Hickey Emma Hughes and Ted Hickey show Louis Duffy head of the Environment Directorate Cork Council the art of growing potatoes in a bucket.

Special guest included the children and teachers of Scoil Choí Iosa Blarney, and Aghabullogue and Banteer National schools where they got  the opportunity to Meet and chat with local beekeepers Ben Phillpott and Noel Riordan and learn the importance of Bee friendly Gardening. The children  learnt the fun of guerrilla gardening. The queen Bee Jennifer Cotter taught the local kids how to make bee friendly seed bombs. When they throw the these bombs in to wasteland, the seeds will germinate into a wonderful bee friendly flower patch .

Queen Bee Jennifer Cotter with Pupils of Banteer NS. Rachel Collins Aoife O Connor and Nicola Corkery learning how to make Bee Friendly 'Seed Bombs' with Deputy County Mayor Kevin Conway

A real Favourite with the children was the Bee Mobile at Griffins.  To celebrate the work of the bees and pollinators the vibrant bee mobile at Griffins was unveiled. This is a fun bright display that portrays the importance of bees to our environment. This year Griffins are awarding a special award for the best 'Bee friendly School Garden' and the Bee mobile was a great attraction to all at the launch. Margaret Griffin and the Local beekeepers  have asked all schools to help protect our bees and Plants Bee friendly gardens. Her message is simple. Plant flowers and bees will follow. Through the Cork Schools garden competition , Muintir na Tire Griffins and Cork county Council will  reward schools for their hard work with biodiversity and bee friendly gardening

Buzzing about bees  Local Beekeepers Noel O Riordan and Ben Phillpot take a well earned rest by the 'Bee Mobile' during the launch of the Cork School Garden Competition for Primary Schools in County Cork 
Dr. Mary Stack Environmental Awareness Officer of Cork County Council pictured at the 'Bee Mobile'

Dr. Mary Stack Environmental Awareness Officer of Cork County council encouraged schools to rethink, repair, refurbish along with reusing & recycling items in their garden as this is very important for the environment. 

Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer and Dr Mary Stack speaking at the launch at the Launch

Conor Nelligan Heritage urged schools to think Biodiversity when gardening. He particularly suggested the inclusion of natural hedges, log piles, bird boxes, bird tables, wildflower meadows, nature-trails and the use of native flora.

Mr Séan Holland of Muintir na Tire who heads up the organising team speaking at the Launch

Sean Holland of Muintir na Tire who co-ordinate the competition thanked Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre for all their support in organising the Competition. He said that Garden Categories for 2017 will  include Edible Garden, Biodiversity/Wildlife Garden, Up-Cycling Art and colour Garden, Mixed Garden,   Small Garden, Best New Garden , Innovation and Creativity and the overall best  Pride of County Cork Garden  for which  all  schools will be automatically judged.

 He said children and teachers can  Log on now to www.muintir cork.com to register your school for the 2017 School gardens competition. He said the website  and the School Gardens Blog are filled with great advice and inspiration for school kids and teachers alike. Sean said that all schools big and small should enter the competition. 'dont worry if your garden is in its early stage you should still enter and learn as you go along'.

All photos by Timmy Griffin

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