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Rising sun ...
Don't we all know that the sun is rising once again in the Northern Hemisphere, but do we detect it? Plants do so in an uncanny fashion. Being extremely receptive to light, they can detect tiny changes and begin to grow again. Of course, growth needs warming days too but these soon follow. For best gardening results this year, get ahead of plant growth now and we have lots of tips, ideas and advice to help in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW, over 20 pages.
A greenhouse transforms a garden, widening the plant range that can be grown and making it possible to raise new plants successfully. In a special feature, Gerry Daly outlines how to choose and site a greenhouse and how to make the most of it year-round. It is a challenge to grow something a bit on the edge and, in PLANT PROFILE, James Wickham chooses a range of beauties from the foxglove family to try out.
In PLANT HISTORY, Seamus O'Brien leads a group of Irish plant-lovers in the footsteps of two notable plant-hunter of the past in the Sikkim Himalaya. In GARDEN VISIT, the curving gravel driveway up to Billy Old Rectory in Co. Antrim gives a wonderful sense of anticipation, as Rae McIntyre discovered when she visited in summer. In DESIGN DESK, relates the process, before and after, of up-grading an urban garden in Dublin.
In NOTEBOOKS South and North, Brian Cross and Rae McIntyre share their observations of plants' performance in their own garden. Dick Warner writes about woodlice and their valuable role in the garden. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Declan McCarthy won €300 worth of plants at Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre, Fota, Co. Cork.
In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met Angela Jupe, architect, organiser and garden designer. 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. Head chef Barry Liscombe at Hartes of Kildare offers recipes for pork belly and roast chicken. and Caroline Byrne suggests some interesting wines to accompany them.
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