The golden flower heads of Stipa gigantea

Some people hate late February but not me. It gives us hellebores with flowers the colour of ballet shoes, crushed strawberries, storm-clouds and cuc(...)

The size of the material in your compost heap will  affect the speed at which it breaks down.  Photograph: Getty

It takes a combination of middle age and a love of gardening to find a barrow-load of homemade garden compost a peculiarly seductive sight. Certainly(...)

Houseplants decoratively displayed are a favourite with Instagrammers

Care to hazard a guess as to the rising stars of social media in this digitally-obsessed age of ours? No, it’s not the cosmetically-enhanced wannabes (...)

A Japanese acer in brilliant autumn colour in Heen Dillon’s old garden. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

When is the best time to plant a tree? So goes the proverbial question, to which the killer punchline of a proverbial answer – “Twenty years ago . . (...)

Freshly harvested courgettes sit next to nasturtiums in an Irish garden. Photo credit Richard Johnsto

If you’re a keen kitchen gardener, you’ll know it has been an exceptionally challenging year for people who like to grow a little of their own food, f(...)

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 (...)

Osmunda, Torca Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin

For a house on Torca Road high above Dalkey village, it’s all about the gardens and sweeping sea views: the tiered back garden slopes steeply up to th(...)

Kenley, 7 Granville Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin

A huge fir, golden in the autumn sun, graces the back garden of a house in Blackrock: it’s there as long as the owner, who has lived there her whole l(...)

Watering cans at the ready. There are many rain barrels/water butts, which can be easily sourced from good garden centres and local authorities.  Photo Credit Richard Johnston

Phew. It’s finally over. Or at least it’s over for now. By which I mean this summer’s prolonged drought and searing temperatures, a testing time for (...)

Tomatoes ripening in an Irish glasshouse in late summer. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Rework those summer pots: This month is an excellent time to give any tired-looking, drought-stricken summer containers a new lease of life so that th(...)

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