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27

Jul

Lit it Grow

Posted on 27th July 2015  |   Add a comment

Lit it Grow

As the school holidays begin, Hannah Stephenson looks at some green-fingered fun for kids and chooses some accessories to help them along the way School's out for summer - but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having 'staycations' and trying to coax their children into the garden. Your outside space can be a...

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8

Jul

Tasty Raspberries are the Cream of the Crop

Posted on 8th July 2015  |   Add a comment

Tasty Raspberries are the Cream of the Crop

Commercial breeders have worked very hard to ruin the texture and taste of strawberries. They have not been so successful with raspberries. But shop-bought ones remain expensive, even when the fruit is coming into season, as it is now. So on that score alone, raspberries are worth growing at home. They are not, in themselves, ornamental fruit, but trained and...

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8

Jul

Darling Buds

Posted on 8th July 2015  |   Add a comment

Darling Buds

It's been a bumper year for roses. Hannah Stephenson looks at how we can make the most of our roses and offers some tips on rose care during the summer. Everything is blooming in the rose garden this year, thanks to the mild winter and spring, with little in the way of frost, providing stress-free conditions for growing. Varieties looking particularly stunning...

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3

Jul

It's a Shore Thing

Posted on 3rd July 2015  |   Add a comment

It's a Shore Thing

This home is a haven of tranquility close to Belfast Lough, says Stephanie Bell This fine period family home  enjoys a great location on the main Shore Road at Greenisland, in a pleasant private residents' cul-de-sac where the new road network is due for completion this summer. A well-maintained home, it offers lots of charm and character with great family accommodation. The house also sits on...

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29

Jun

Sense of Wander

Posted on 29th June 2015  |   Add a comment

Sense of Wander

Drawing inspiration from the Silk Route, Sam Wylie-Harris heads in search of colourful travel-inspired collectibles and patterns Revisiting the Seventies has conjured a fresh approach to the bohemian chic trend. But it's not just time travel that's inspired the latest collections; actual travel is at the heart of the look too, with designers venturing back to favourite far-flung haunts through exotic...

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29

Jun

Homegrown Flower Business is Blooming

Posted on 29th June 2015  |   Add a comment

Homegrown Flower Business is Blooming

Georgie Newbery is explaining how she set up her business, Common Farm Flowers: "It started with bunches of sweet peas at the garden gate." I'm at her smallholding in Somerset, where long narrow beds are packed with marigolds and honesty, ammi and cornflowers. The first crop of sweet peas is beginning to flower in the polytunnel where the last of the...

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29

Jun

Your Get-out Claws

Posted on 29th June 2015  |   Add a comment

Your Get-out Claws

Don't despair if the neighbour's cats are having a field day of destruction in your garden - there are ways to keep them at bay, as Hannah Stephenson discovers ... Now, I don't want to be a killjoy about people's pets, but when I see a neighbour's feline stray into my garden, I just want to get my claws out. I've caught...

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15

Jun

Scents of Wonder

Posted on 15th June 2015  |   Add a comment

Scents of Wonder

Balmy summer nights on the patio can be enhanced with fabulously fragrant plants. Hannah Stephenson sniffs out her favourites... Stepping out onto the patio to be engulfed in waves of different fragrances is one of the most glorious sensations of summer. Of course, there are the obvious candidates among the annuals - pots of night-scented stocks, traditional nicotiana (tobacco plants), vanilla-scented heliotrope with its...

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15

Jun

Let's go Outside

Posted on 15th June 2015  |   Add a comment

Let's go Outside

Eating outdoors is one of summer's special pleasures. Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to set a perfect table for those al fresco feasts... Sunny days and sultry nights cry out for meals eaten outdoors, and the setting - whether sheltering under the canopy of a tree or gazing up at the stars - can ensure every al fresco occasion is special. All eyes...

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2

Jun

Why decorating your garden or patio for BBQ season doesn't have to cost the earth

Posted on 2nd June 2015  |   Add a comment

Why decorating your garden or patio for BBQ season doesn't have to cost the earth

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, many of us are starting to get our gardens and patios ready in preparation for the BBQ season. Al fresco dining has become so popular over recent years that some people view the decoration of their garden as being as important as they do that of their house. After a long cold...

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