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Short days and harsh weather - it is little wonder that so many plants have adapted by going dormant in winter. Of course, there are some exceptions, to be treasured, and other decorative aspects of plants that come to the fore at this time of year, such as bark and twig colour. But the sleep will end soon when the winter solstice is reached this month, and growth begins its annual resurgence. In GARDEN CARE and KNOW-HOW, over twenty pages, The Irish Garden has advice and useful tips for this time of year.
In a special seasonal presentation, Carol Bone presents three inspiring flower arrangements. In PLANT PROFILE, Finola Reid reflects on the range of hellebores for garden use and make her selection. In PLANT HISTORY, Charles Nelson recounts the story of Mahonia and the McMahons. In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited Kevin Begley's Co. Limerick garden in which he has substituted the lawn with a large pond. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio develops an interesting design to bring to life a rural garden in Co. Longford.
In NOTEBOOKS Carmel Duignan writes that winter is when much work is done in her garden, while Lorna MacMahon is relieved when fallen leves have been cleared from the paths and drive. Dick Warner recounts the lore of boisterous magpie. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Ronan McGoldrick won €300 to spend on plants at Newlands Garden Centre, Clondalkin, 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. Chef Barry Liscombe of Hartes of Kildare suggests recipes for Christmas fare, and Caroline Byrne selects accompanying wines.
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