It may not be gardening weather, but there’s much to learn and enjoy from your armchair

Claire Ryan (right) and Patsy Wrafter of the Informal Florist. Photographs:  Richard Johnston

The Informal Florist puts emphasis on unconventional, pared-back beauty

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

What garden lovers will be happy to find under the tree this year

Flanagan’s Fields in Rialto, a community garden using 21st century methods to grow food. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Rialto community group uses 21st-century growing methods and cutting-edge technology to grow delicious and nutritious food in (...)

These baby plants may be of Lilliputian proportions, but they are wonderfully decorative and intensely flavoursome. Photograph: Richard Johnston

They’re expensive to buy, but micro greens are easy to grow

Continue to enjoy an impressive variety of freshly harvested homegrown food throughout the year. Photograph: Richard Johnston

From golden Cape gooseberries to sooty skinned figs, the garden keeps on giving during autumn and winter

The strangely medieval-looking medlar, which can be used to make fragrant medlar jelly to serve as an accompaniment to game, pork or lamb

Plant a medlar tree between now and March and in time you could be harvesting fragrant fruits to make jellies and liqueurs

Tasty bounty: an array of homegrown fruit,vegetables and edible flowers grown in an Irish kitchen garden. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Lazy gardening is a great way to clear that weed patch and get it ready for spring growth

Lichens growing on a stone statue in the historic gardens of Mount Stewart, Co Down. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Loving lichen

An appreciation of the silver, moss-like growth that adorns our garden walls, pots, ornaments and plants

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