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Editorial

Editorial

 

An extra month!

 

‘The period of active plant growth each year is lengthening and averaged a month longer during the past decade when compared to the period between 1961 and 1990.' What? Read that again. An extra month of growth in just three decades? That's Mary Keenan's report in THE SCIENCE BIT and, anecdotally, recent winters have been shorter, squeezed at either end. That's the equivalent of moving from the coldest part of the north to the warmest coastal area of the south-west. So, another month of growing, and in WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW, we have lots of useful suggestions and tips to help you to make the most of it.

 

Planning to BUY A GREENHOUSE? We have a full run-down of the many aspects that need to be considered before making a decision. It is a good time of year to make a decision with a full new growing season on the way. In PLANT PROFILE, James Wickham is charmed by the cheeky-monkey flowers of mimulus. In PLANT HISTORY: The first cordylines in Irish gardens, Charles Nelson recounts the tangled history of ti in Ireland.

 

On a maritime theme, in GARDEN VISIT: Perched on hill looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, and filled with pots of luxuriant flowers, Cille garden defies the odds, as Shirley Lanigan re-visited this remarkable garden in Co. Donegal. Meanwhile, in DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio develops a design proposal for a severely exposed garden by the seaside in Co. Kerry.

 

In NOTEBOOKS Mary Waldron recounts her experience of some favourite dwarf conifers over forty years, while Carmel Duignan wonders why garden shredders are not more widely available? In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, David Gavin won €300 to spend on plants at Newlands Garden Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin.

 

In STYLE ESSENTIALS, Lindie Naughton has collected ideas across a range of garden accessories and equipment. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited Midleton Community Garden in Co. Cork and enjoyed its peaceful ambience.

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Good gardening!

 

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