Gardens of earthly pleasure

Take a stroll through Ireland’s majestic gardens with Donal Hickey.

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Rolling back the milleniums

Richard Collins has discivered an educational comic book with a millenia’s old story and he’s here to tell you all about it.

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Time for larching around

This week Dick Warner ponders over the paradoxical deciduous larch tree.

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Take a stroll through Ireland's heritage gardens

Kya deLongchamps encourages a wide-eyed spring ramble around three of the many heritage gardens of Ireland.

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Slug-glug death traps

Fiann Ó Nualláin hits the beer as a way of dealing with those fiendishly destructive, gastropod molluscs.

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Things were blooming at Chelsea Flower Show for Prince Harry's visit

Peter Dowdall on the work that goes on behind Chelsea Flower Show, organised by designer, Tom Harfleet.

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Small is beautiful with a herb garden

Valerie O’Connor enthuses on the many advantages of having your own herb garden, be it little or large.

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Chasing a flatulent whale in Castle Haven Bay

Flatulence is just as common in marine mammals as in humans and terrestrial animals, writes Damien Enright

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Flowers show their beauty

Lengthening days and warmer temperatures, up to 17C at times, are all helping nature to emerge from a long winter sleep, writes Donal Hickey

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Turning over a new leaf

A major reason for planting the trees was to try and create a habitat for woodland plants and animals, writes Dick Warner

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Prophet of comparative anatomy

In focusing on the similarities between creatures, Pierre Belon laid the groundwork for a new branch of science, writes Richard Collins

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Making vinegar tinctures from weeds and herbs is easy

Valerie O’Connor discusses vinegar tinctures this week.

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Weeds? Go Berkeley on ‘em

Fiann Ó Nualláin suggests following the composting method developed by Robert Raabe, a professor of plant pathology at Berkeley, California which produces temperatures high enough to kill tough weeds. 

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Ancient skep beehive making is still used today

 

The straw bee house was popularised on these islands by the Saxons, says Mary O’Riordan, but is a very ancient piece of bee-keeping kit that’s still used today.

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‘Nancy Evans’ is a wonderful Rhododendron for colour but she’s a bit untidy in growth

Peter Dowdall is mad for a beautiful flower called Nancy Evans but she’s a bit of a streel in the bed.

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A raven chick in its nest on the cliffs. It is likely there are siblings, hidden deep in the ragged nest lined with horsehair.

Local but lewd language lurking among the leaves

In folk myth, wild arums are connected with bawdiness, writes Damien Enright.

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Hens add colour to a garden

I’m not going to surrender in the fox wars, writes Dick Warner.

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Tasmanian Tiger in line of sight

Some Australians refuse to believe in this, almost mythical, creature’s demise, writes Richard Collins.

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Eels in serious decline

At one time, our rivers and streams had abundant eel stocks and, as boys, we can remember turning over stones in attempts to catch slippery eels, writes Donal Hickey.

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How to love your weeds

There is no shame in having a weedy garden and we should rise above ‘untidiness’, says Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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What to do when meat is murder and dairy is scary

Valerie O’Connor wades into a current debate on farming practice. 

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The simple beauty of Paeonia

Peter Dowdall is intoxicated with this easy-to-grow, softly-scented perennial that’s perfect for cutting.

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Spring homecoming after Rift Valley adventures in Ethopia

To have come home for these spring days is as great a joy for us, writes Damien Enright

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All your Spring gardening inspiration with garden designer Verney Naylor

In a three part series, garden designer Verney Naylor takes us on a tour of her latest outdoors landscaping project in West Cork.

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Recycling moves up a gear

The manner in which Irish people have embraced recycling is a notable environmental success story, writes Donal Hickey

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Drastic decline of the curlew

People are surprised to learn that curlews are in trouble; the much-loved birds are seen and heard, particularly along the coast, in winter., writes Richard Collins

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Caution as spring arrives

Spring has definitely arrived in the cold corner of the country that I live in, writes Dick Warner

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A garden design competition for the formerly homeless is truly inspiring

The approach Manon Border Chavene took when coming up with a garden design for the annual Kilsaren Student Competion was to put herself into the mindset of someone who was homeless — but who had just received a a house.

 


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When life gives you lemons; preserve them

The sun is shining and nothing gets you in the mood for summer like lemons, writes Valerie O’Connor.

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Let the frequency of your joy vibrate with the frequency of spring

Fiann Ó Nualláin is on a bit of rant for April Fool’s Day — the beginning of the gardener’s year proper.

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