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Days are much longer now and brighter and there is a touch of warmth in the sunshine. Buds are swelling on the earliest trees to leaf up and the daffodils are performing their annual miracle. It is time to get going, and we have lots of tips and ideas, 20 pages, to get you off to great start in 2014 in WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW. The WHAT TO DO NOW pages have more seasonal content than ever, with new contributions by Frances MacDonald and Mary Keenan on ornamental plants, and Klaus Laitenberger and Tanguy de Toulgöet on fruit, vegetables and herbs.
In PLANT PROFILE, Billy Moore describes his favourite kinds of alpine geraniums and related erodiums, perfect for a rock garden or front of bed. There is a special feature on perennial flowers that flower in the first year from seed sown now. In GARDEN HISTORY, Charles Nelson plays detective and unearths a fascinating story with a Percy French connection. In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visits Ann Brady's flower-filled garden in South Dublin. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio suggests a series of terraces for a sloping rural site.
In NOTEBOOKS, Rae McIntyre and Brian Cross share some of their experience with plants in their own gardens. Dick Warner introduces a new series of articles that place the emphasis on gardening for wildlife. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Jane McDonald won €300 worth of plants at CountryLife Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.
Fionnuala Fallon meets Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds in Cork. In our NEWS pages, we keep you up-to-date with news, events and new products and accessories for the conservatory and garden.
Danny Vis & Mícheál McKernan of KC Peaches Wine Cave & Cafés, Dublin, offers recipes for Gammon with Thai-Style Pineapple Salsa and Málagan Jumbo Prawn Medley and Kale and Apple Winter Salad, and Caroline Byrne suggests some interesting wines.
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