19January2018

Wonderful Summer Sowflakes - Gareth Austin

The Summer Snowflakes in my own garden are just at their peak, their big bulbous flowers stand out against the nearby Comfry and Astrantia plants

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Designers Take Centre Stage at Garden Show Ireland

Garden Show Ireland has revealed the four finalists for UTV's The Magazine Show Garden Designer Competition who will now bring their designs to life in time for the 2014 Garden Show Ireland event which runs from Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May at Antrim Castle Gardens.

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What I loved About Working as Florist on Mothers Day in Balbriggan

I love that every year working at mothers day brings something new and different to the shop. Whether it be that little girl that comes in for her mum and spots a windmill for herself. The father who buys her the windmill and reminds her why they are here. The mums coming in to get something special for their own mum. Mums who have past but will always be remembered.

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The Sodshow meets Philip Ryan of Glasnevin Cemetery Part 2

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

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RHSI

Flower Arranging Demo

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is presenting a Flower Arranging Demonstration. It will be given by Christine Hughes and the theme is 'April Brings in the Spring'. It will take place in Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6 on Wednesday 2nd April at 8pm. All are welcome. Admission for non-members is €7, €5 for students. Further details from 01 235 3912 or at www.rhsi.ie

Source: GardenGuide News Room

Best Flowers For Bridesmaids' Hair Dos

Nothing says romance quite like a beautifully placed bloom. Incorporate flowers into your wedding day plans by weaving them into your bridesmaids' carefully arranged coiffures. Some flowers pack a visual punch on their own, and some buds look best in a bunch. Here is some information to make choosing and styling your friends' 'dos for your big day as effortless as possible.

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Carlow SME Tracks Air Pollution with Plants

Using biotechnology to fight pollution is the challenge for the EU MOSSCLONE research project in which Irish SME T.E Laboratories Ltd is a partner. Under the spotlight is a specific kind of moss which a team of biologists is growing in a controlled environment.

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If you don’t go outside this week…- Dee Sewell

You might miss the hawthorn leaves that are starting to unfold in the sun.......

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The Sodshow meets Philip Ryan of Glasnevin Cemetery

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

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Veronica 'Blue Bomb': New from Parkers - Graham Rice

Veronicas, long lost in the second or third division of hardy perennials, have been making a name for themselves as cut flowers in recent years. Their long spikes and their lasting quality have encouraged florists to take them up.

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Best Spring Floral Arrangements

Spring is a time of rebirth, new life and warm breezes. Shake off the cold of winter and celebrate the change of the seasons with a beautiful spring floral arrangement. You can capture the beauty of this time of year with some springtime blossoms. If you need some inspiration for a gorgeous design, here are a few ideas:

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Guided Tree & Wildflower Walk

Date: Saturday 5th April
Location: Tomnafinnoge Woods, Co. Wicklow
Contact: kirsty.daly@nativewoodlandtrust.ie / 087 9619083
Website: www.nativewoodlandtrust.ie

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ISNA

ISNA Plant Fair @ Festina Lente, Bray - Sunday 6th April 11am to 4pm

The second ISNA Plant Fair of the year will take place on Sunday 6th April at the Festina Lente Foundation, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray. Please come and help us support this worthwhile charity. Tours of the walled garden on the day. Refreshments available.

Source: ISNA

Up Close & Personal With………Gorse - Dee Sewell

Gorse memories, folklore and recipes....

I've spent far too much time in the office with paperwork lately so it was a joy to head off to Clare for a workshop at Irish Seed Savers (more of that to come soon). The plan was to take some images to go with the interview but the vibrancy of the gorse (Ulex europaeus) stopped me in my tracks.

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RHS

UK Ban Imposed on Sale of Non-Native Water Plants

The sale of five species of non-native water plants has been banned in a bid to protect the countryside from invasive flora. The ban, which comes into place on 6 April aims to protect vulnerable habitats.

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What I loved About Working as Florist on Mothers Day in Balbriggan - Ruth Gallagher

I love that every year working at mothers day brings something new and different to the shop. Whether it be that little girl that comes in for her mum and spots a windmill for herself. The father who buys her the windmill and reminds her why they are here. The mums coming in to get something special for their own mum. Mums who have past but will always be remembered.

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Win An Exclusive Two-Day Break to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Enter the M&G competition to win a two-day break, including exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. WIN a two-day break, including exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Colourful New Fragrant Antirrhinums - Graham Rice

Most gardeners enjoy antirrhinums but the familiar traditional types have been joined by a number of colourful and interesting new varieties, such as the Antirinca Series (above, click to enlarge). At once it's clear that they're different.

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RHS

Box Blight Enquiries Received by Charity Reach Record High

The RHS has named the top 10 garden diseases of 2013, based on enquiries received by the RHS Gardening Advice team. For the 18th year running honey fungus is the number one disease, with its presence confirmed on 215 samples, covering 78 plant genera.

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