Looking forward to tomorrow’s Christmas turkey and figgy pudding? Can’t wait to finally hear some sleigh-bells in the snow, rather than the steady dr(...)

I’m having a ‘meadow’ moment. Actually, not so much a moment as a sustained yen for my very own ‘pictorial meadow’ – the term first coined by profe(...)

Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’

If the summer garden is like a glass of Champagne, then flowering annuals are its fizz, its sparkle, its fun. Used with flair and imagination, they(...)

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

I could start off this week’s column with a Grinch-like list of gifts that the nation’s gardeners are hoping not to find under the tree this year ((...)

An assortment of tomatoes including ‘Polen’ and ‘Dr Carolyn Pink’. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Top 10 tomatoes

W hen s omeone asked me recently to name the perfect tomato, my reply was “perf(...)

Viburnum tinus ‘Lisa Rose’.  Photograph: Richard Johnston
Late winter sparkle

Three minutes and 15 seconds – this, according to the strangely addictive website timeanddate.com, is the extra daylight that Irish gardeners (to be m(...)