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Few things feel more counter-intuitive to a gardener than the annual late winter/early spring ritual that is rose pruning. Because if you want your ro(...)

Now is the  time to rifle through the pages of the new crop of seed catalogues. Photograph: Richard Johnston

January- that mournful month of small, grey days and an invalid sun that hangs low and weak in the winter sky - is never an easy time of the year for (...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

Freshly harvested Irish plums. Photo:  Richard Johnston

When your garden is so pocket-sized that most or all of your plants grow in pots rather than in the ground, cultivating your own fruit trees might see(...)

Paperwhites: their tall, deeply perfumed, multi-headed ghostly white flowers can fill a room with their scent. Photograph:   Mr Middleton

Christmas. There, I’ve said it. Or rather, I’ve written it. Yes, yes, my apologies for using the C word given that we’ve yet to celebrate Halloween bu(...)

The violet, drumstiock flowers of Allium ‘Globemaster’ , an early summer flowering bulbous plant.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

If someone suggested that you should spend your hard-earned money on something that looks distinctly unappealing and then expend quite a bit of physic(...)

Nigella seed heads drying in a glasshouse. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What first got you hooked on gardening? The flowers? The home-grown food? The pleasure of escaping from the hustle and bustle of modern life? For the (...)

An armful of freshly picked summer flowering hardy annuals. Photograph: Richard Johnston

One of the valuable gardening lessons that this summer’s fierce drought taught me as a flower farmer florist – and it taught me quite a few – is the i(...)

It’s fair to say that the thing that probably preoccupies us the most when we first start to garden is colour. In our mind’s eye dance tantalising ima(...)

27/06/2018- Home and Design .. One of the country’s best known gardeners Helen Dillon pictured in the garden of her new home in Monkstown, Co.Dublin . Photograph: Bryan O'Brien / The Irish TimesKeywords: garden flower plant planting property

When Helen Dillon and her husband, antiques specialist Val Dillon, announced in 2016 that they were putting their Ranelagh home up for sale, many hear(...)

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