June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

‘New beginnings”, “a fresh start”, “a new leaf”; these are the words that rattle round our heads in the fledgling weeks of a brand new year. In the(...)

 A jug of mixed roses. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Over the past few weeks, that Elvis Costello song, Good Year For The Roses just keeps popping into my head. The reason, of course, is the sun, which i(...)