Going on holidays? 7 tips for keeping your garden in shape while you’re away

Nobody wants to come home to shrivelled up pots and plants. Hannah Stephenson reveals some simple steps to limit the damage.

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These 5 award-winning garden photos will inspire you to get out your camera

As entries open for the 2019 RHS photographic competition, Hannah Stephenson finds out why judges chose this year’s winners.

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Richard Collins: Bold mothers seal the deal for pups

Some people are notorious risk-takers, others are wimps. Do animals have similar personality traits? Seal expert Christi Bubac, of the University of Alberta, thinks ...

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Damien Enright: I marvelled at how graceful the buzzard drifted in the sky

This morning I saw a buzzard drifting across the blue sky above my home in West Cork and marvelled at how gracefully and effortlessly it was carried on the upper ...

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Donal Hickey: Our rainwater could be could more and here's how

In the days when many people did not have piped water, they had to store some of that which fell so freely as rain.

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Islands of Ireland: Cruising to wonderful Whiddy

One of the more surprising facts about Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay is the size of its population in the 19th century.

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Hot summers mean their could be a rise of drought-resistant plants

If hot summers like this year’s become the norm, so, too, will drought-resistant plants, says Peter Dowdall.

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How to deal with 3 common summer pests and diseases

The warm weather brings its own set of problems to the summer gardener. Hannah Stephenson looks at how to keep 3 of them at bay.

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Dan MacCarthy: The ‘island’ in our capital city

BULL Island may be more famous in Ireland for a superb satirical programme than for this magnificent nature reserve in Dublin Bay. If that is the case, it is a pity, ...

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Richard Collins: How a sketch of a bird redrew history

A RENAISSANCE painting and a picture in an ancient textbook are prompting a rethink of Australasian history.

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Donal Hickey: Pearl mussel needs help

FARMERS are to be paid for helping to provide clean river water to save the extinction-threatened freshwater pearl mussel.

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Damien Enright: London’s a world away from the city I lived in years ago

LONDON was hell. I was there for four days, the weekend before last.

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Court is in session at Hampton - the biggest flower show in the world

Peter Dowdall visits the biggest flower show in the world and gets up to speed on the latest in show gardens and conceptual gardens, taking time to absorb a bit ...

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Beetroot burgers and an old London bus on Inishbofin

Valerie O’Connor was already enjoying her guided day trip around Inishbofin when she was stopped in her tracks by an old London bus...

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The best time to water your plants during a heatwave

When the warmer weather strikes, our gardens and outdoor spaces become a perfect oasis for rest and relaxation, writes Alastair Culham.

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Donal Hickey: The sea has the answer to dwindling salmon stocks

AS most Irish and European rivers are now closed for normal, wild salmon fishing, a respected Norwegian salmon scientist has called for new thinking on why stocks ...

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Richard Collins: Humans shunned by many animals

“HELL is other people” declares a character in Sartre’s Huis Clos. According to Kaitlyn Gaynor of the University of California Berkeley, animals ...

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Damien Enright: Why doesn’t the OPW do more to protect hedgerows

THOSE who try to stay healthy in Ireland generally spend time out of doors, walking, swimming, gardening or browsing over nature’s smaller or larger miracles. ...

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Islands of Ireland: I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree

IT DOESN’T follow that just because it is one of our best-known, most-quoted poems that the locale which inspired it should also be one of our best known.

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Taste the difference with edible plants

Many plants we only consider for their aesthetic qualities can be eaten as well, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Things you only know if you grow your own herbs to eat and cook with

Ella Walker reveals the joyful smugness of growing your own.

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8 ways to get your kids into the garden this summer

As the school holidays beckon, designer Ann-Marie Powell shares top tips with Hannah Stephen for getting youngsters outdoors.

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Should you buy plants on sale in garden centres?

Discount racks in garden centres may seem a haven for straggly specimens, but you can pick up some bargains, Hannah Stephenson discovers.

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Donal Hickey: Royals inspire clean-up

Isn’t it amazing how the Government, which keeps telling us it is short of money, can produce cash at the drop of a proverbial royal hat! For certain things.

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Richard Collins: Is REM as critical as sleep time it comes with?

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

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Damien Enright: Super-abundant life on the seashore endlessly fascinating

Twenty eight years ago, returning to Ireland after 32 years abroad, I found a house facing the sea with the garden wall no more than 6m from the high tide mark.

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Islands of Ireland: Time and tide wait for none

Among the more resonant placenames in Irish history is Killala Bay.

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Don’t forget to stop and reflect on your garden

You can learn a lot from garden shows, but Peter Dowdall reckons you need time to sit back and reflect too.

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5 insects that could be good news for your garden

It’s National Insect Week (June 18-24) – and some creepy-crawlies deserve to be celebrated, says Hannah Stephenson.

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5 things you need to know before buying a pair of binoculars

Binoculars are an essential piece of kit for wildlife holidays. Sarah Marshall quizzes experts from Swarovski Optik for their top tips.

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Looking after your lawn: 3 essential tools to make life easier

Love your lawn? So, get the right tools to help you maintain it in summer. Hannah Stephenson selects three essentials to make the job easier.

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Islands of Ireland: These Buttes were made for walking

The Beara Peninsula doesn’t belong to Planet Earth. Something of this order couldn’t possibly belong to this realm.

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Donal Hickey: Tales from the bog

A few sods of turf we saw scattered on roads in parts of West Cork and Co Kerry, in the past week, told a story.

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Richard Collins: Upheaval can bring about an explosion of new life

Our universe, it seems, came into existence in the Big Bang 13.7bn years ago.

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