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Merry month of May
Merry month of May!
Still spring at the start of May, summer has arrived by its end. May is the month of new foliage and flowers, and a fresh and exciting exuberance as plants respond to long days of sunny weather in the build-up to summer. It is a key month in many areas of the garden and The Irish Garden is full of suggestions for your garden now, things to try and plants to choose, over twenty pages, in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW.
This is the month to get summer bedding planted in pots, baskets and containers to get the most beautiful show of colour in the summer months , writes Gerry Daly. Trilliums are the most elegant of woodland flowers, not difficult to grow, given the right conditions, as James Wickham outlines in PLANT PROFILE. In PLANT HISTORY, Mary Davies relates the history of growing plants in pots indoors.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan admires the sweeping borders of Maria Levigne's country garden on the Carlow side of Bunclody. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill juggle a mixed range of requirements for the re-design of the garden of an extended rural cottage. In NOTEBOOKS North and East, Rae McIntyre and Carem Duignan champion favourite shrubs. Dick Warner wrties about a little known but very common garden insects, the shield bug. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Teresa McCarthy won €300 worth of plants at The Pavilion Garden Centre, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork. In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met Nicky Kyle, organic grower and sculptor.
In our NEWS pages, we keep you up-to-date with news, events and new products and accessories for the conservatory and garden with Lindie Naughton. Enclosed with the magazine this month is the Gardens Open 2015 booklet, the most comprehensive guide to all gardens, public and private, only to visitors this summer.
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