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The month of August has a certain grandeur about it. The mad rush of spring and early summer is over and many flowers are setting seeds, and vegetables and fruits are coming to maturity and ripeness. The weather can be very warm and sometimes thundery. The month starts in summer and finishes with the first touches of autumn. There are lots of things to do in the garden and we have a full run-down of what can be done and tips and ideas over 20 pages of WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOWHOW.
Plants from the sage family have a wonderful ability to bring an atmospheric dream-like quality to the garden, and, in PLANT PROFILE, Ciaran Burke assesses the possibilities. In GARDEN VISIT, Rae McIntyre visited Margot Caldwell's seaside garden on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal. In PLANT HISTORY, Charles Nelson relates the history of five notable plants of Irish origin. In ORNAMENTAL GARDEN, a pergola can add a considerable amount of interest to a garden and it can have a practical value too, as Gerry Daly outlines.
In DESIGN DESK, Shane O'Neill offers an innovative design solution for a long suburban back garden that has a lot of requirements for its use. In NOTEBOOKS East and West, Carmel Duignan and Lorna MacMahon pass on interesting experiences of their own gardens. Dick Warner writes about the curious 'cuckoo spit' that appears on plants in summer. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Annette Sexton won €300 worth of plants at Glanbia's CountryLife Garden Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met retired politician and keen gardener Trevor Sargent.
Chef Tim O'Sullivan of Renvyle house in Connemara offers recipes for Connemara Atlantic Seafood Chowder, Roast Pheasant with Smoked Bacon and Chestnuts, and Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble, and Caroline Byrne selects wines. 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.
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