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Autumn in the garden, and in the countryside, has a special charm with the changing colours of leaves, masses of bright berries and the last flowers of the year, but it carried a touch of regret too because the growing year is ebbing away and all that colour presages the bare days of winter. But there is a lot to occupy us in the garden, shutting down the year for some plants, planting others and spring bulbs for the next year only a few weeks away. WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOWHOW are full of suggestions, tips, ideas and reminders of what to do now in the wrap-up and the preparation.
Berries are not exclusive to autumn but most berries and other decorative fruits are at their best in these months and Gerry Daly reviews the choice available and lists 50 kinds to choose from. In PLANT PROFILE, Ciaran Burke looks at the taller saxifrages, some for summer flowering and the lovely autumn kinds. In GARDEN HISTORY, Ally Bunbury recounts the story of Lisnavagh Gardens in Co. Carlow. In GARDEN VISIT, Gerry Daly visits a large natural garden in West Cork that features a flower meadow designed and planted by the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. In DESIGN DESK, Gabi Sanio tackles a spacious but empty suburban and clothes its high boundary wall.
In NOTEBOOKS Mary Waldron reflects on the necessary thinning and removal of trees and Rae McIntyre reports on her spring bulb-planting exploits. Dick Warner recounts the history of survival of the stickleback and its life strategies. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Dympna Reardon won €300 to spend on plants at The Pavilion Ballygarvan, Co. Cork. In STYLE ESSENTIALS, Lindie Naughton has collected ideas across a range of garden accessories and equipment. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited the National College of Art and Design community garden in the heart of Dublin City. Chef Barry Liscombe of Hartes of Kildare suggests recipes for monkfish and pork , and Caroline Byrne selects accompanying wines.
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