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Yes, you can take a rest in winter and enjoy the garden from indoors, but you can also find lots to do outside in the garden in preparation for next year, and in taking on and planning new projects. The winter garden is filled with a subtle beauty, understated and exquisite - some flowers, evergreen foliage, bark and twigs, and the silhouette of trees. We have lots of tips and ideas for what to do in your garden this month in GARDEN CARE and KNOW-HOW.
In a special seasonal presentation, Carol Bone presents three flower arrangements. In PLANT PROFILE, Ciaran Burke outlines the beauty of willow with coloured bark in winter, furry catkins in spring and foliage effects in summer. In GARDEN HISTORY, Lady Mayo's garden book is used to re-imagine her garden. In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited Susan and Michael Cobley's cottage garden in West Cork. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio devises a very attractive design for a difficult, unusual L-shaped garden.
In NOTEBOOKS Rae McIntyre and Carmel Duignan recount practical experiences with plants from their own garden. Dick Warner reports on lifestyle of the urban fox. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Elmarie Young won €300 worth of plants at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork.
In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met Kitty Scully who is in charge of the kitchen garden at Airfield House, Dublin. 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 at Avoca Leylie Hayes suggests recipes for Braised Venison with Red Wine, Chocolate and Parsnip Crisps and Celeriac Soup with Apple and Stilton Scones while Caroline Byrne suggests some interesting and good-value wines for the season.
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