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May sees the tail-end of spring and the freshness of glorious summer. Growth is at its most rapid this month as plants rush to deploy fully their fresh new leaves and shoots in a race to flower. It's a key time to lay the foundations of high summer success 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.
There are three main ways to use summer bedding as tradition gives way to more modern styles, Gerry Daly writes. Peonies are the most sumptuous of early summer flowers, as James Wickham outlines in PLANT PROFILE. In GARDEN HISTORY, Margarita Donohue tells the story of a family garden and its restoration.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visits Stephen and Louise Austen's remarkable garden in Co. Kerry. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio suggests a decorative and practical design solution. In NOTEBOOKS South and East, Hester Forde and Carmel Duignan report their experiences of plants in their own gardens. Dick Warner writes about Ireland's smallest mammal, the pygmy shrew. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Michelle Tucker won €300 worth of plants at The Orchard, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited Glór na Mara Community Garden in Bundoran, Co. Donegal.
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 2016 booklet, the most comprehensive guide to all gardens, public and private, open to visitors this summer.
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