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July is a peak month in the garden. The weather is summery and the garden
in still fresh as it reaches its crescendo of flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Beds and borders are filled with perennial flowers that billow with blossom and
colour. Summer soft fruits are ready for picking and succulent fresh vegetables
can be harvested. There's lots to do and we have 20 pages of tips, ideas,
reminders and suggestions in WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW.
In PLANT PROFILE, Finola
Reid recounts the decorative merits of that classic and storied flower, the
lily, and reviews the different kinds. In PLANT HISTORY, Maeve Bell tells the
story of Antrim Castle Gardens, an important seventeenth-century Ulster
garden. In GARDEN VISIT,
Shirley Lanigan visits a lovely
country garden, long-established, in Co. Wicklow. In
DESIGN DESK, Shane O'Neill develops an imaginative design solution for a very
steeply sloping suburban garden in Dublin.
GARDEN, Gerry Daly suggests making a gravel garden as an ornamental feature,
relatively easy to look after and suiting some plants really well. In NOTEBOOKS,
Lorna MacMahon and Mary Waldron share insights and experiences from their own
gardens. In GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE, Dick Warner outlines ways to encourage
garden butterflies. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Madeleine Tracey won €300
worth of plants for her Dublin garden at Windyridge Nurseries, Dún Laoghaire,
Fionnuala Fallon visited botanical artist Lynn Stringer in her studio and
garden in Co. Wicklow. 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 for Roasted Sweet Tomato Tart
with Basil and Pine Nut Crush, and Caroline
Byrne suggests suitable wines.
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