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August is the month of harvest, not only in the cornfields of the countryside, but also in the garden. This month sees the culmination of a summer's growth for many vegetables and fruits, and also brings a rich harvest of flowers and late-flowering shrubs in borders and in containers. There is much to enjoy and we have lots of suggestions, ideas and tips in twenty pages of WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW.
In PLANT PROFILE, Ciaran Burke describes the range of the pincushion flowers or scabious. In PLANT HISTORY, Charles Nelson tells the story of how an Irish RM and his wife pioneered a new kind of gardening.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visits a rural garden in which many of the plants, including trees, have been raised from seeds. In DESIGN DESK, a suburban garden is transformed with some simple but very effective design ideas.
In FEATURE: Garden ornaments, Gerry Daly outlines the decorative value of various kinds of garden ornaments, and how to use them to best effect. In NOTEBOOKS, Brian Cross and Rae McIntyre share insights and experiences from their own gardens
- at either end of the country. In GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE, Dick Warner outlines how to set up a wildlife meadow. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Gillian Maguire won €300 worth of plants for her Kildare garden at Newlands Home and Garden Centre, Clondalkin, Dubin.
In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon joined wildflower enthusiast and writer
Zoë Devlin as she photographed and recorded wild flowers. In our NEWS pages, we keep you up-to-date with news, events and new products and accessories for the conservatory and garden. Leylie Hayes, head chef at Avoca Handweavers offers delicious recipes, and Caroline Byrne suggests suitable wines.
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