Jennifer Jewell: “I see hope and value in a self-sustaining cycle of living with plants, loving plants, learning plants, growing plants, knowing plants, interpreting plants.”  Photograph:  John Whittlesey

  We all have our heroes and it’s not surprising so many of mine belong in one way or another to the world of plants. They include gardeners, de(...)

Florists are eschewing outdated ‘toxic’ oasis foam for natural, curly stalks in a vase

If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you’ll know that I’m more than a little nutty about home-grown cut flowers picked fresh from the garde(...)

Lot 371: Pink sapphire and diamond ring – a  cushion-cut pink sapphire of 4.64ct with gem report and triangular step cut diamonds of approx 1.00ct, mounted in platinum and 18ct white gold (€6,500–€7,000) at O’Reilly’s on Francis Street.
Home Front: thinking pink

Pink diamonds There must be something in the air – or perhaps the water this year – for the colour pink and its kaleidoscope of colours, hues and ton(...)

Many novice gardeners overlook hugely ornamental, floriferous species in favour of prettier-looking pot-grown specimens. Photograph: Getty Images

When you’re new to the world of gardening, pot-appeal means pretty much everything. By this, I mean the sorts of plants that look (temporarily, at lea(...)

My maternal grandmother was a nurse and an amazing woman. She was an ambulance driver in the Queen Alexandra nursing corps during the second World Wa(...)

An arrangement of decorative autumn seedheads from the garden, including those of the opium poppy, honesty, Thalictrum, Molinia. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s when leaves start to fall, flowers start to fade and the low autumn sun throws out its last, fierce shafts of glimmering, golden light that I fin(...)