A Funny Year in the Garden
Gardening cartoon book
Versions of many of the gardening cartoons on this site can be found in my book, A Funny Year in the Garden.
My gardening cartoons appeared for many years in the pages of the Irish Sunday Independent newspaper.
The book contains about a hundred of my cartoons in black and white.
Relaxing in the garden when it’s too hot for gardening
A cartoon of a woman relaxing in a hammock in her garden on a sunny summer’s day
Cartoon reference number: a575
Garden cartoon – how to provide sunshine in overcast weather
Cartoon showing a gardener setting up a sun lamp to provide artificial sunshine to his garden plants
This cartoon was drawn during a prolonged period of very overcast summer weather, when the sun didn’t shine for a long period of time.
A cartoon about gardening equipment, flower gardening, encouraging plants, gardening in shady gardens, sun-loving plants.
Cartoon reference number: a293
Gardening cartoon – autumn heatwave cartoon
Cartoon showing a man raking autumn leaves on a very hot autumn day after a cold and miserable summer.
The gardener is saying “This is the first time this year that it’s been hot enough to garden in shorts.”
A cartoon about unseasonable weather, Indian summers (spells of very warm weather in autumn or fall).
Cartoon reference number: a275
Gardening cartoons – butterflies are like flying flowers
Cartoon showing butterflies in a garden
The gardener is saying “I like to think of butterflies as aerial flower displays”
A cartoon about attracting insects to the garden, butterfly gardening, garden design.
Cartoon reference number: a249
Gardening cartoon about mowing the lawn – cutting round someone lying on a lounger on the lawn
Comic illustration showing a gardener cutting the grass and haviving to divert his lawn mower round someone relaxing on a lounger on the lawn.
The lawn mower in the cartoon is the type with rotary blades that create stripes on the lawn. Here the stripes bend round the obstacle on the lawn. This is part of the humour, because stripy lawns are often thought of as being very neat (to the point of obsessive neatness).
Cartoon reference number: a221
Gardening humour. Mowing the lawn with an electric lawn mower that needs a longer cable
A cartoon showing a gardener cutting the grass with an electric mower
The electric cable of the mower is shorter than the length of the lawn, so the end of the lawn remains unmown
A humorous illustration about tidy gardens, untidy gardens, the end of the garden, grass cutting, power mowers, hover mowers.
Cartoon reference number: a213
Cartoon about summer gardening
Showing a gardener relaxing in a garden on a summer’s day.
The gardener is sunbathing on a garden lounger and is thinking “There’s an old saying – if it’s hot enough for shorts it’s too hot for gardening”.
A joke about outdoor activities, garden furniture, summer, sunshine.
Cartoon reference number: a208
Cartoon about the arrival of summer – the first swallow arriving at the same time as the first hay fever sneeze
Showing gardeners in a garden seeing the first swallow of summer and hearing the first hay fever sneeze at the same time.
Traditionally it’s the sound of the first cuckoo that heralds the summer, however cuckoos are now becoming rarer. Meanwhile, hay fever is becoming more common, so the sound of a hay fever sneeze is replacing the call of the cuckoo as the harbinger of summer.
A cartoon about allergies, seasons.
Cartoon reference number: a207
A cartoon from a series about gardens and gardening
A cartoon about garden flowers
A cartoon showing a man noticing that the flowers in the garden always seem to come into bloom just when he’s going away on holiday.
A cartoon about garden flowers, the importance of growing plants that come into blossom at the right time.
Drawn: July 2010
Cartoon reference number: a170