The annual autumn rite of bulb planting is an important period in the gardener’s calendar

In the turning of a gardening year, September is the month of reckonings and new beginnings, of bittersweet farewells and fresh starts. Few feel fresh(...)

Oliver and Liat Schurmann, owners of Mount Venus Nursery, Tibradden. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

 When this spring’s lockdown brought the world to an abrupt stop, it offered many the unexpected opportunity to forge new, life-enriching relatio(...)

Des Doyle  in the gravel gardens of Lavistown House. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

It was back in 1993, as a young goldsmith recently arrived in Stuttgart to take up an apprenticeship with the master goldsmith Gerald Heinrich, that K(...)

Anenomes in the garden. Photograph: Getty

It’s not easy being a plant growing in an Irish garden. Just consider the extremes of weather they have recently had to endure. Months of severe autum(...)

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(...)

Sarah Price’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 garden. Photograph: Clare Takacs

Subtle, thoughtful and planet-friendly, there is a delicacy and intelligence to the work of the British garden designer Sarah Price – one of the key s(...)

Jobs to do in the garden

 Tomatoes: If you can lavish these hungry, thirsty, heat-loving plants with plenty of attention throughout the growing season, then they’ll rewar(...)

A snowdrop emerges from its bulb. File photograph: Getty

Brexit. Is there any other word that provokes such a potent mix of anxiety, ennui, fury and despair? As gardeners it’s made us realise how much we’ve (...)

Jimi Blake in his west Wicklow garden, Hunting Brook. Photograph: Sean Jackson

He’s been described by the Telegraph newspaper as one of the world’s “new plant gurus” and is chums with Monty Don (the mellifluous-voiced presenter o(...)

Tulip ‘Absalon’. Photograph: Jacque Amand

When I recently mentioned to a non-gardening friend that I needed to order my spring-flowering bulbs before all the “must-have” varieties sold out, sh(...)

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