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The pace quickens...
As soon as the spring equinox has passed on 21 March, the days are going to be longer than nights for six glorious months. Although late this year, spring is rapidly catching up and growth will gather pace this month. It's a great month for gardening with the promise of summer just a couple of months away. The Irish Garden is packed with ideas for your garden now, things to try and plants to choose, over twenty pages, in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW.
Although not grown in formal rose beds to any great extent these days, roses are still hugely popular and there are more ways than ever of using them, writes Gerry Daly. Hyacinths have special charms, not least of which are rich colour and sweet fragrance. Carmel Duignan profiles hyacinths and their relatives. In PLANT HISTORY, Charles Nelson explains the connection between an intrepid Irish journalist and a notable allium.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited Peggy and Bat Masterson's most unusual garden near Bray, County Wicklow. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill propose a simple but effective solution for a sloping back garden. In NOTEBOOKS Midland and West, Mary Waldron and Lorna MacMahon share practical experiences with plants in their own garden. Dick Warner reports on the increasing incursions by deer into gardens. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Maresa O'Connor won €300 worth of plants at Cois na hAbhann Garden Centre, Camolin, Co. Wexford.
In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met Margaret Gormley, Chief Parks Superintendant at the OPW. Gerry Daly visits a reader's garden in Co. Laois to answer questions and offer advice. 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. We have a special feature on garden machinery and details on new plant offerings this spring.
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