Esther N McCarthy goes garden mad this week with a pick of pastoral pleasures.
I love the colours in this Sovereign five-piece set of garden tools from Argos.
Plenty of tools to go around for everyone to muck in, the set includes a spade, fork, dutch hoe, soil rake and lawn edger. €29.50 from www.argos.ie
This stunning bench was designed for The Museum Of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, and has been manufactured using American red oak.
Go to www.kooyongdesign.ie for more information.
Check this out for a fantastic idea — a little seed pack that’s ammunition for the guerrilla gardener!
Packed full of native Irish bluebells and edible wild garlic, which flourish in shaded areas and are a vital source of early nectar for important pollinators. These seeds do best if you scatter them in weed-free, deep leaf mould.
Even better, the seeds are sourced in Cork by the award-winning model of community-supported agriculture, Future Orchard.
Get more info on their Facebook page.
These are also available to buy at The Garden Cafe, Blackpool, Cork.
Garden accessories will make your garden come alive. The adorable garden ornaments from Dealz ’In the Garden with Charlie Dimmock’ range are €1.49 each and can be placed throughout the garden and within plants to add a little personality to proceedings.
If a stretch of sun ever does happen, don’t let your darling buds wither. Keep them hydrated in style with the Vivero Watering Can Brass €102.00 from Irish company, April and the Bear. Look them up on www.aprilandthebear.com
If you have the garden space — and the garage space — then entertaining the entire clan will not be a problem with the Roma Rattan 10-seater set at Ballyseedy Home & Garden Centre.
This comfortable and capacious suite is on offer at €3,999 — for equally capacious pockets.
The Taranto sofa set from Next would be a rather stylish addition to the back garden.
Add a jug of mojitos and a plate of sangers, and you’ve got yourself a summer party.€1,755 from www.ie.nextdirect.com
Get inspired by Ikea’s mix and match approach to gardening. Anything goes, so don’t be afraid to try different pots and plants.
Enjoy your time outside, dig deep, get your hand dirty, and revel in what really is soul-soothing work.
This Avignon Lounge dining set will work indoors in an orangery or sun room, but will also look great in the garden during the long hot summer we are bound to get this year.
The good news is that it was €2,529, but is now reduced to €1,899 at Casey’s, Cork and Limerick, or at www.caseys.ie
This wonderful Garden Dance sculpture is made from inverted hammered stainless steel and its undulations produce abstract shapes which will reflect the colours of your garden — a great incentive to get planting.
Designed by Garth Williams for Edge Company, it costs €399 from www.in-spaces.com and they ship to Ireland.
The Boy Toy of the year — the new Husqvarna Automower 450X can handle all types of terrain, from small and hilly gardens to big and complex lawns, and it has a mowing capacity of up to 5000m2.
Who needs drones? What’s more, the Large Child can sip a beer while giving instructions to this beast from a smartphone — result.
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