Hester Forde

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There’s no shame calling in the experts to help with some of the really heavy work

Remember the promise you made to yourself some time last summer when you realised with a sharp pang of regret that your garden wasn’t looking as well (...)

Colourful cast-concrete handmade planters designed by Dublin-based Ail+El

Gifts under €25 For gardeners who lose track of time, what about a Hexham outdoor/waterproof clock that can be popped discreetly into the border? (mr(...)

Wake up and smell the flowers this summer. Photograph: Getty Images/Cultura RF

It’s summer, that magical time of year when many of Ireland’s best gardens are opened to the public. But which to visit over the coming months? We’ve (...)

Nettles: the soupy mix will  transform itself into a smelly but impressively effective, nutrient-rich, liquid plant feed. Photograph: Richard Johnston

“Grasp the nettle” goes the famous saying, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing over the last week, albeit with my hands gloved and wielding a long(...)

Species tulips naturalised in grass in Angela Jupe’s Offaly garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Is there a flower more beautiful than the tulip? Certainly I can’t think of any other spring bloom that combines such opulence with such elegance, suc(...)

Hedge layer Mark McDowell partially slices the base of a blackthorn branch. Photograph: Richard Johnston

They criss-cross the Irish countryside like arteries and can be found (surviving as fragments) in our cities and towns, where they offer motorists, cy(...)

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(...)

Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

As gardeners, we may occasionally grumble about Ireland’s cool, damp climate but oh, how our daffodils adore it: everywhere I looked this week, I see(...)

I burned my hand the other day. Not so badly that I had to contemplate going to the doctor, but badly enough that I could think about very little els(...)

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