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July is a great time in the summer garden because so many flowers are open. Spring plants have disappeared or blended into the lush foliage of the season. In the fruit and vegetable garden, soft fruits ripen and vegetables of various kinds reach maturity. The Irish Garden is full of ideas for your garden now, things to try and plants to choose, over twenty pages, in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW.
Flower scent is a great bonus and there are some of the most evocative scents during the summer months. In FLOWER GARDEN, Gerry Daly lists the popular kinds and some less well-known ones. Cosmos is a signal plant of summer with its large pink or white flowers airily waving on slender, especially beautiful when lit by sunshine. In PLANT PROFILE, Carmel Duignan reviews the available kinds.In PLANT HISTORY, Mary Davies tells the story of the man who created exciting new kinds of water lilies.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visits Paula Byrne's garden in Co. Meath, which is formal with informal planting. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio devises an interesting design for a new, small suburban garden. In NOTEBOOKS South and Midlands, Hester Forde and Mary Waldron report their experiences of plants in their own gardens. Dick Warner outlines the wildlife value of slugs and snails. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Con O'Riordan won €300 worth of plants at Dairygold Co-Op Superstores, Carrigaline, Co. Cork. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon went to see the work of Santry Community Garden.
In COOKING, Barry Liscombe, Head Chef of Harte's of Kildare offers recipes for Spiced Monkfish with Sweet Potato, Coriander and Yoghurt Curry, and Smoked Mackerel Paté with Pickled Cucumber, Beetroot and Wasabi Dressing, and Caroline Byrne selects wines to accompany them. 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. Please remember to support local suppliers of products and services who advertise in The Irish Garden magazine.