Do you know your purpurea from your alba? This is what those Latin plant names actually mean

What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually, when it comes to plants. Hannah Stephenson reveals how to decipher those Latin labels.

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Islands of Ireland: Sands of time on Inishkea

The first thing that strikes you about Inishkea is the sand.

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Donal Hickey: Survival of the foxiest

On a starry, frosty night last week, I heard piercing, almost eerie cries in the countryside, writes Donal Hickey

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Damien Enright: Noise and nature find it difficult to co-exist in the Far East

Dr Dorman's dispatches are a reminder of our good fortune, writes Damien Enright

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Words don’t come easy, but calls can be key

Talking animals are in the news, says Richard Collins

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The islands of Ireland: Heading to Coney Island with links to New York

Dan MacCarthy explores Coney Island, off the coast of Sligo.

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Creating your own bird cafe

In the run-up to the breeding season, Hannah Stephenson shares some tips for attracting feathered friends to our outdoor space.

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Think farming is boring? These videos may convince you otherwise

A farmer is educating social media users about farming using a series of stunning drone videos.Janek Grodzki, 18, works on his family farm in Victoria, Australia, ...

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This is what it’s like to fish for wild Norwegian skrei cod with Michel Roux Jnr

Ella Walker joins the celebrity chef on a trip to Tromsø, to better understand the Scandinavian delicacy.

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If the only things flowering in your garden are snowdrops, check out these 5 shrubs for winter colour

Make the most of winter-flowering shrubs to keep your garden colourful while you wait for spring to come.

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The Islands of Ireland: Island of saints and eagles

There is something magical about embarking on a boat trip into the past where for part of your journey there is almost nothing modern in the scene before you apart ...

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Intrepid voles likely came to Ireland via Foynes machinery

I was chuffed (that’s not ‘choughed’, now, and birds are few in this column) to hear the virtues of voles much lauded on the Living the Wildlife ...

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Cork scientist developing fuel from whiskey production dregs

One person’s waste is another person’s gold. A saying that could crystallise the philosophy of an Irish scientist who is making a name for himself internationally ...

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Is it time to stop crabbing about crabs?

Crabs, the armoured personnel carriers of the creepy-crawly world, fascinate children, writes Richard Collins.

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This ‘Star Jasmine’ bringing a seasonal colour to the garden

Peter Dowdall says Tracheleospermum jasminoides is a stalwart plant for summer scent and striking winter colour.

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There’s no need to be allergic to gardening, and here’s why

Fiann Ó Nualláin shows how allergens work on our bodies and offers suggestions on how to treat upsetting seasonal conditions.

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Want eye-popping clematis blooms? Follow this step-by-step guide

Want flowers as big as saucers in late spring and early summer? Some clematis need pruning now for that to happen. Hannah Stephenson shows you how.

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The Islands of Ireland: A place to Bere in mind

Well, of course, we did have bears, but not on Bere Island. The island is named after the peninsula and is derived from the Spanish princess Bera who was married ...

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Luminaries of garden design at next month’s GLDA seminar

Peter Dowdalllooks forward to seeing Ireland’s best gardens at next month’s GLDA seminar

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