Cluain na dTor gardens in Donegal. Photograph: Seamus O’Donnell

There are times, surrounded by the gloomy, grey drip-drip of an endless Irish winter, when I wonder what it would be like to live in a country with an(...)

What is it about autumn that fills most of us with gentle melancholy as well as a strange sort of restlessness? All it takes is a sniff of the toffee-(...)

Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

Spinkles of snowdrops flowering in the walled garden of Bellefield House, Co Offaly. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve never quite decided which side of the fence I stand on when it comes to snowdrops. On the one hand, I’m by no means a galanthophile, a person utt(...)