Furze by any other name would smell as sweet

THE Cork and Kerry mountains were golden with gorse when we drove west last weekend, not Irish dwarf ...

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A spring clash with the ash

I WENT down to my little wood the other day to check up on the progress of spring. It was sunny and the ...

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Biomass is a slow burner here

THE whine of the chainsaw can still be heard in the countryside as people continue to cut up trees laid ...

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Walk of the Week: Kilgarvan and MacCaura's Grave, Co Kerry

WHEN I walked this route, mid-March 2014, the banks of the attractive little rapids on the Slaheny River ... This story is enriched with multi-media content

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* Blarney & District Garden & Flower Club present, “Spring is in the air”, a teaching demo with Mary ...

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Pick the perfect root with carrots

THE simple fact that there is no comparison between the sweet earthy flavour of homegrown carrots compared ...

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The blood red flowers of Pieris Passion add definite colour to the spring garden and it's less common that 'Forest Flame'.

'Forest Flame' is a plant to remember

Some plants have names that are easy to forget, but Peter Dowdall says Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ is worth ...

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Closeup of a flower of a blackthorn, Prunus spinosa blooming

BLACKTHORN(Prunus spinosa)

Dense sprays of blackthorn blossom are lighting up hedgerows around the country at present.

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Minding our wildflowers

That estimable survivor of the showband era, Big Tom McBride from Co Monaghan, once had a hit about an ...

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The as yet un-named geep (a cross breed of a goat and a sheep) with its mother on Paddy Murphy's farm in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Breeding between the lines

“When the Son of Man shall come in his glory and all the holy angels with him, he shall separate one ...

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* Conna & District Flower & Gardening Club will present “Welcome to Spring” By Betty Holden, AOIFA in ...

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Sow-sow weather

MORE often than not, the most daunting part of starting a veggie patch is knowing what to sow, when to ...

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The narrow petals of Magnolia stellata open up in the shape of a star.

Magnolia, you sweet thing

With their elegant flowers on bare branches, Peter Dowdall is smitten with Magnolias and suggests a ...

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Clean up of Dodder rubbish

YOU might, quite understandably, think the litter situation is bad here. But, just consider how much ...

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Blackbirds battle for territory

OVER the past few days my small front lawn has become a disputed territory, something like a miniature ...

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Skibbereen Town and Abbeystrowry

WITH our backs to the Town Hall we set off down Main Street, keeping to the left pavement. Skibbereen ...

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Dead German horses on the battlefield during the First World War and, inset, a horse being lowered on to a ship (of the million British horses shipped across the Channel, only 65,000 returned). Pict: Getty Images

Gatling gun a godsend for horses?

Jo Kerrigan’s recent article on War Horse prompted me to go and see the play. The plot concerns a foal ... This story is enriched with multi-media content

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* East Cork Flower Club are holding a demonstration with Angela Heffron, AOIFA on Monday, April 7, at ...

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Hebe sutherlandii have proven to be hardy and there has been developments in new varieties

Heartbreaking hebes

Now is the time of year to get busy in the garden or you may get overwhelmed, warns Peter Dowdall.

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