Susan Lynch working on her roses which are still in flower in the polytunnel at her home in Oldtown, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The florist and specialist grower Susan Lynch can’t remember a time when she didn’t love roses. Her earliest childhood memories are filled with the si(...)

Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to using a good, fresh, loam-based, multipurpose compost for your summer containers. Photograph: Getty Images

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A patch of home-grown cosmos. Photograph: Richard Johnston

This is a spring like no other but still the gentle rhythms of the Irish gardening year continue, with seeds to be sown, plants to be tended and crops(...)

A wildlife-friendly pond. Photograph: Richard Johnston

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