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April under way!Finally, the garden season is under way. The wettest winter on record is now in the past but it did delay gardening operations, especially for vegetable growing. So there is catching up
to do, but it is not so difficult to catch up these days when the weather is so
much brighter and drier. A good day in April is worth a bad week in February!
To help the process, we have lots of tips and ideas, 20 pages in all, to get you off to great start in 2014 inIn PLANT PROFILE, James Wickham
WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW. The WHAT TO DO NOW pages have interesting
contributions by Frances MacDonald and Mary Keenan on ornamental plants, and
Klaus Laitenberger and Tanguy de Toulgöet on fruit, vegetables and herbs.
expresses his enthusiasm for the dog's tooth violets and American trout lilies.
There is a special feature on choosing spring-flowering shrubs to add their
beauty to spring's symphony of colour. In GARDEN HISTORY, Mary Davies re-visits
two books on Mount Usher, the renowned Wicklow garden, published many decades
ago by its then owner Horace Walpole. In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visits
Matt O'Connell's garden, situated just two kilometres from the wind-swept
Atlantic shore. In DESIGN DESK, Owen Chubb reveals a before-and-after suburban
garden that he designed and built.
In NOTEBOOKS, Mary Waldron and Barry Murphy share their knowledge of
plants in their own gardens. A place for weeds, Dick Warner places the emphasis
on gardening for wildlife. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Hazel Stynes won €300
worth of plants at The Orchard, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.
Fionnuala Fallon meets the 'willow-woman' in Kildare. 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 Loin of Bacon with Spring Cabbage and Mash, and
Caroline Byrne suggests suitable wines.
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