As the summer drought comes to an end, it is amazing how fast plants are responding, especially lawns. Having lasted much of May, June and July, at least on the eastern side of the country, with widespread water shortages, gardeners could only stand by as ornamental plants struggled, and fruit and vegetable crops failed. In a special feature, Mary Keenan reviews how plants are affected by drought and she offers some practical advice. And in WHAT TO DO NOW and KNOW-HOW, we have all tips and advice for this time of year.
In PLANT PROFILE, Gerry Daly writes about the veronica family, a diverse and elegantly ornamental group of plants. In GARDEN HISTORY, Charles Nelson tells the story of an outstanding catalpa tree and its connection with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. In GARDEN TOURISM FEATURE, August and early autumn is a great time to get out and about and visit gardens for inspiration or relaxation. Travel writer Yvonne Gordon picks some highlights to see around Ireland. In GARDEN VISIT, A collector’s garden, Peter Whyte visited Janet Wynne’s garden in south Co. Dublin.
In DESIGN DESK, landscape designer Gabriele Sanio develops a design for a large, suburban back garden that is wider than deep. In NOTEBOOKS, Lorna MacMahon writes about collecting dwarf conifers, hostas, primulas, geraniums and ferns, while Rae McIntyre reckons that some pizzazz is needed, and gets it with exotic South African bulbs and ginger lilies. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Eleanor O’Sullivan won €300 to spend on plants for her Cork garden at the Pavilion Garden Centre, Ballygarvan, Cork.
In NEWS, we keep you up-to-date about events and new products launched and Lindie Naughton has collected ideas across a range of garden accessories and equipment. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited Russborough Walled Garden, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna reveals the softer side of wasps and their garden value as pest species’ predators.
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