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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

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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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2

Jun

Country Cool

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Country Cool

Numerous specialist magazines have attempted to capture the unique architectural splendour of this one-off home which is nestled in the countryside of Aghadowey. The property has unsurprisingly also featured in the Good Architecture Guide to New Builds in the Countryside. Nestled off the Greenhill Road and adjacent to the Agivey River which runs along its eastern boundary, it is a unique house...

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2

Jun

Victorian Grace

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Victorian Grace

Designed by the architect Thomas Jackson for his son Anthony there was no stinting on the fine features when this beautiful Victorian family home was built in 1880. It has been modernised over the past 20 years to create flexible accommodation to suit today's family and offers endless accommodation with seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. An impressive property it also sits in...

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26

May

Every Garden should Dazzle with Peonies

Posted on 26th May 2015  |   Add a comment

Every Garden should Dazzle with Peonies

There are three things you need to know if you are to succeed with peonies, one of the most spectacular plants in the May garden. Sadly for the peony, many people know only two. Most important is the fact that they must not be planted too deep: 3cm of soil on top of the crown is plenty. Leaves may fight their...

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11

May

Pack Pretty Pots with Whatever You Fancy

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Pack Pretty Pots with Whatever You Fancy

The simple way to manage pots is to pack each one full of whatever you fancy - tulips, wallflowers, lilies, agapanthus, petunias - and then shunt the pots round in different combinations, depending on what is in flower. You might group pots of wallflowers with a pot of the fabulous scented tulip 'Ballerina' and another of a red tulip such...

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11

May

Patio Perfection

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Patio Perfection

It's never too late to create a 'room outside' by perking up your patio, as Gabrielle Fagan reveals three top looks for garden lounging... In a triumph of hope over experience, we plucky Brits persist in defying our unpredictable weather, eating, socialising and relaxing al fresco as soon as there's a glimmer of sunlight. But while we can't guarantee good weather,...

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6

May

Success with grasses is spectacular yet elusive

Posted on 6th May 2015  |   Add a comment

Success with grasses is spectacular yet elusive

The messy ruff of dead growth around Deschampsia cespitosa 'Bronzeschleier' (it's a grass - a favourite among garden designers) has annoyed me all winter, but when I leaned forward recently to tug it away, the whole thing came away in my hand. "Result," I thought joyfully and lobbed the entire hideous clump on to the compost heap. Ants had for...

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6

May

Getting the best from roses

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Getting the best from roses

This week Propertynews.com in partnership with the Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2015’s very own Gardening Guru, Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com brings you some top tips in how to get the best from Roses. Hopefully, with some luck, despite the recent cold weather, your roses are growing well. No other hardy shrub gives so much for so little. Sometimes people complain that...

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