‘Long-tailed tits feeding from a bird feeder in an Irish garden. Photograph:  Oran O’Sullivan

The first time I spotted a woodpecker feeding from a peanut feeder in our family garden, I wondered if I was hallucinating. An agitated flurry of fea(...)

When it comes to fruit, container-grown fig trees and strawberries are a great choice for small tunnels while for larger polytunnels, consider grape-vines or cordon/espalier/fan-trained peach, apricot or nectarine trees,

If you’re one of the many Irish gardeners who has joined the country’s merry band of polytunnel owners in recent months (see last week’s column), the(...)

A winter window box filled with skimmias, heucheras, trailing ivies and winter-flowering pansies. Photograph: Tig Mays

There is a certain time of year – those coldest, darkest, gloomiest weeks of deepest winter – when even the keenest gardener can find it hard to summo(...)

Black Hamburg grapes ripening in the Richard Turner-designed peachhouse in the gardens of Áras an Uachtaráin

“The sweetest grapes hang highest” goes that famous old proverb. Except, of course, if you happen to garden in Ireland, in which case the sweetest gr(...)

Local. Fresh. Seasonal. Organic. Sustainably grown. Field to plate. Plot to plate. Farm to fork. These are the words appearing with increasing freque(...)

Preliminary watercolour study  of Iris ‘Killiney’ by botanical artist Jane Stark. (Drawing courtesy of ISBA)

As the wife of a professional garden photographer, it’s not unusual to find myself standing in a stranger’s garden grumpily harrumphing while my husba(...)

I won’t tell you what horticulturally-themed horrors I stumbled across while researching this week’s column, except to say if you are unlucky en(...)

Compost bins and beehive nestle in the floating orchard barge in London created by kitchen gardener Nick Lacey – one of the innovative kitchen gardens that features in Lia Leendertz’s book, My Tiny Veg Plot

Presented with the challenge of growing even a little of our own food, it is remarkable how ingenious and inventive humankind has proved itself to (...)

An arrangement of decorative autumn seedheads from the garden, including those of the opium poppy, honesty, Thalictrum, Molinia. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s when leaves start to fall, flowers start to fade and the low autumn sun throws out its last, fierce shafts of glimmering, golden light that I fin(...)

It has always struck me as deliciously odd that a plant capable of producing such fiery-tasting fruits should be known by the name of “chilli”. We (...)

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