Sarah Raven

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A mixed basket of tulips from Angela Jupe’s garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s tulip time. Or rather, it’s time to buy or order bulbs of any of the best varieties of tulips if you want to have a snowball’s chance in hell of (...)

The Market Bar: tapas platter, dessert and a glass of sangria for €15 on  World Tapas Day

Tapping into tapas Thursday, June 15th, is World Tapas Day, and clams with ham and a glass of sherry for a tenner, or a platter of three tapas, a des(...)

Garden flowers from  Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms, by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai. Photograph: Michèle M. Waite

If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you will know that I have more than a “bit of a thing” about cut-flowers. By this, I mean the seasonal(...)

A bumblebee feeding on a cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

With a horde of scientific studies confirming the fact that populations of wild bees, butterflies and other insects are in dramatic decline, many gard(...)

Young sweet-pea plants climbing up willow supports

Spring, they say, is the time for new beginnings, and nowhere more so than in the garden. So if you’re in need of some inspiration, here are some idea(...)

Garden beauty: plant several different types of dahlia to enliven your garden.

Dahlia ‘Pooh’ Called after the storybook bear of the same name, this collerette-type dahlia has jaunty red and golden flowers and is a favourite of I(...)

I love the magic, the promise and the muddy-fingered industry of planting flower bulbs in autumn. Not only does it feel like an expression of hope,(...)

The purple flower spires of the native foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, lighting up the edges of a Wicklow woodland.

Fairy thimbles, fairy gloves, witches’ bells . . . whatever name you might know it by, the lofty purple flower spires of our native foxglove are on(...)

Meet the Tomtato: You say tomato, I say potato . . . but now meet the “tomtato”. Gardeners have taken to this strange plant in a big way. Its ‘(...)

Sculptural foliage of silver leafed Astelia, Schefflera hoi and tree ferns growing in the city garden of designer Bernard Hickie. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Like most people, I don’t have a woodland garden. Which is not to say that I don’t have plenty of shady spots in the garden that are eminently suitabl(...)

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