19January2018

RHS Awards: Ahoghill Flies Flag for Northern Ireland

They've planted over 5,000 flowers, arranged 250 hanging baskets and clocked up over 200 gardening hours per week, now all Ahoghill can do is await the visit of Britain in Bloom's mystery judges.

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5 Gift Ideas for Your Garden

With the change in the weather a number of us are sitting out enjoying the sunshine. As we get to spend more time in the garden we appreciate the beauty of the plants and flowers growing around us. 

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Keeping Flowers Fresh: Myth vs. Fact

There's a wide range of myths and legends when it comes to keeping stem-cut flowers fresh, but what methods work and which ones are bunk? Here's a breakdown of what will help your flowers stay fresh for the long haul:

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A Flower Guide for Outdoor Summer Weddings

Planning a summer wedding can be a lot of hard work. Friends and family are trying to plan their vacations, and the hot summer weather is unpredictable. You have a thousand minute details to plan and remember. Of course, one of these is the flower arrangements. Flowers are an essential aspect of any summer wedding, but selecting an array that work well for your big day can be tricky. Here are several tips for finding the perfect flowers for a summer wedding.

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Mallow Home & Garden Festival – 20th – 22nd June at Cork Racecourse

Why not join the ISNA members participating at the Mallow Home & Garden Festival. As usual it will take place at Cork Racecourse, starting on the Friday and running through Sunday, 11am to 6pm each day. The ISNA members who will be there are :-

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Chelsea Florist of the Year, Jennifer Murphy Showcases at The Singapore Garden Festival 2014

Irish Florist, Jennifer Murphy of Flowers by Moira (based in Dunshaughlin Co. Meath) has been personally invited to attend and showcase her skills at The Singapore Garden Festival 2014 (16th-24th August at Gardens by the Bay). Jenny will join award-winning designers from around the world to compete in Asia's top tropical garden and flower show — the Singapore Garden Festival.

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How To Make Your Own Sunflower Seeds

If you have a vase of sunflowers sitting on your kitchen table, they can be way more than decoration. Sunflower seeds are a nutritious and easy-to-make snack that are a great addition to salads or trail-mix. They're also perfect for long summer days spent out in the park, playing baseball or enjoying a book. Why let your sunflowers go to waste? Here's a simple recipe for roasting homemade sunflower seeds.

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Edible Roses...Go Try Them - Gareth Austin

All roses are edible...some tastier than others but all rose flowers are edible. Indeed award winning chefs such as Darren Iddon and Ian Orr regularly make things with them - like wild rose panna cotta .

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7 Fun Facts About the Venus' Flytrap

Imagining a Venus' flytrap might bring up exotic images of the Amazon jungle or a lush forest on a deserted island. But in reality, Venus' flytraps only grow naturally in a minuscule geographical area of marshes in North and South Carolina. These alien-looking plants have some extremely peculiar qualities and have been a source of mystery and legend for centuries. Here are seven fun facts about Venus' flytraps:

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A Passion for Peonies

Belgravia, London, is I'm pleased to say, not immune to joining in with the horticultural jamboree which is the Chelsea Fringe. The place to visit is Neill Strain's Flower Lounge where for the previous fringe Neill put on a display of rarely seen tulips, this time it's the turn of the fabulous peony.

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The Lonely Bouquet

Flowers Now in Balbriggan are so excited to be involved in the lonely bouquet. The lonely bouquet is a movement dedicated to spreading happiness and smiles one flower at a time. What could be better than this.

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The Sodshow Meets Laura Quinn of Waterford Institute of Technology

The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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Dinner Party 101: How to Choose a Floral Centerpiece

Hosting a dinner party can be a big endeavor. Not only are you opening your house up to the public - which always seems to lead to frantic cleaning and decorating - you're putting your food to the test with a wide range of guests. The dinner table itself becomes a component of stress, as each minuscule detail alters the food's presentation. How are you folding the napkins? Is the table set properly? Do the placemats match?

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The World Flower Show 2014

World Flower Show with participants from all 31 member countries including UK, USA, Canada, Barbados, Japan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland.

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The Sodshow Meets Theresa Collins of WAFA Ireland and The World Flower Show 2014

The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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The Right Way to Prune Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a remarkable addition to any home garden. However, at times hydrangeas can go full seasons without blooming, causing panic that the plant may in fact be dead. Fear not though, there are a few reasons a hydrangea might not bloom, one of which is due to improper pruning. You don't want to hurt your hydrangea, so learn the proper way to trim these gorgeous, flowering plants.

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Top 5 Flowers to Grow in Your Garden for Beautiful Spring Arrangements

1. Iris Reticulata: unlike most Iris varieties, this beautiful blue iris blooms in early spring. As it has a much shorter stem it looks particularly well in your flower basket arrangements. Also suitable for funeral work. It also looks very pretty on its own in a short bud vase in the centre of your dining table.

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Top 10 Flowers To Grow in Your Garden For Beautiful Summer Arrangements

1 Lily: The lily is a simple flower to grow in the garden. Once planted and cared for it will reappear year after year. With a huge range of varieties and colours this attractive flower will create a focal point in any arrangement. It is also a long lasting flower which extends the lifespan of your arrangement.

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Celebrate British Flowers Week with Home Grown Blooms

Last Monday 16th June marks the start of British Flowers Week, a campaign championed by the New Covent Garden Flower Market to raise awareness of the wealth and variety of home-grown flowers and foliage.

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Chelsea Fringe: From Highgate to Belgravia

One of the exciting things about the Chelsea Fringe is when a modern art installation and horticulture come together and 'Tiny Taxonomy' in Belgrave Square, Belgravia is one of those great moments.

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