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A vibrant combination of pink comsos, scarlet roses and purple lythrum growing in Helen Dillon’s old garden in Ranelagh a few years ago. Photograph:   Richard Johnston

Is there any other topic more subjective – or more divisive – to gardeners than colour in terms of how we perceive it, enjoy it and use it in our gard(...)

An array of colourful Lupins. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If you’re a greedy gardener like I am, then few things can equal the magic of propagating new plants from seed. It’s the conjuror’s trick that I never(...)

Garden enthusiasts at Bloom in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bloom’s Grand Pavilion is the place where you’ll find hordes of the country’s hardcore plantaholics dedicatedly scouring the handsome displays of spec(...)

A homemade ice bowl using edible flower petals. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Short of growing space but still hungering to cultivate a little of your own food this year? Here are some useful suggestions for easy-to-grow, tasty (...)

A bouquet of Irish flowers: many brides to be want  to use of seasonal Irish-grown flowers for their bouquets and to have a personal hand in growing them. Photograph: Joseph Carr

More than a quarter of Irish marriages take place during July-August. I say this because those same two months also happen to be among the most flori(...)

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(...)

How does any novice gardener transform the dirty, grey soil of what was up until recently a busy building site, into the kind of crumbly, chocolate-coloured growing medium in which plants will happily grow?

In last week’s column, I wrote about the many challenges of designing and planting a small garden. But what of the special challenges presented by a b(...)

It seems strange, at this time of year, to talk about next summer. But as any seasoned gardener will tell you, that is the nature of the beast; we’re (...)

Cornwall-based textile artist Sian Cornish collecting plant material to use as natural dyes for her range of silk ribbons

Plants, as we all know, have many uses beyond the ornamental or the edible, one of their oldest being as a source of natural dyes; for centuries, man(...)

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Christmas turkey and figgy pudding? Can’t wait to finally hear some sleigh-bells in the snow, rather than the steady dr(...)

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