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A fresh start!
Just weeks after the Winter Solstice and already the days are noticeably longer and brighter, and plants are beginning to respond. The new growing year is underway and brings with it the excitement of a fresh start with new plants and new gardening projects. Take some time to plan ahead and consider what you might do this year and what you might do differently. In WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW, we have lots of useful suggestions and tips to help get you going.
The value of a greenhouse for broadening the scope and interest of a garden cannot be over-stated and we offer a comprehensive guide to what can be grown in an ordinary garden greenhouse, and it makes for an exciting prospect, even if you have a glasshouse or polytunnel already. In PLANT PROFILE, James Wickham recounts being transported back in time by the exotic fragrance of jasmine, and he surveys the various kinds to grow. In PLANT HISTORY, Mary Forrest relates the history of a long-disappeared Greystones, Co. Wicklow, of which only faint traces survive. In GARDEN VISIT, Rae McIntyre visited the Gass's plant-filled garden in Co. Down, quite an achievement in just eight years. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio suggests a practical layout for a wall-enclosed, rural front garden, facing the Atlantic Ocean.
In NOTEBOOKS Hester Forde puts a lot of planning goes into the spring displays at her front door, while Mary Waldron aims to have some flowers, from the garden, in the house every month of the year. Dick Warner delights in the quirky and unusual crossbill. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Ann McHugh won €300 to spend on plants at Windyridge Nurseries and Garden Centre, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. In STYLE ESSENTIALS, Lindie Naughton has collected ideas across a range of garden accessories and equipment. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited The New Growth Project garden, an innovative social enterprise based on community gardening in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
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