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The Casual Gardener: Peak-time perennials

John Manley
WHERE would the garden be without herbaceous perennials? They are the mainstays of the summer garden, the plants that can be relied upon to do the business year after year.

Garden show time

John Manley
WHERE did your passion for gardens begin? I didn’t realise it at the time but my passion for gardening goes back to my earliest memories as a child working in the family garden in a small fishing village along the south Down coast under the Mourne Mountains.

The Casual Gardener: In defence of the dandelion

John Manley
OVER the coming weeks the multinational agrochemical industry’s annual marketing drive will be in full swing, with swathes of our most familiar plants and flowers demonised for the benefit of CEOs’ bonuses and shareholder dividend.

Benevolent predators on parade

John Manley
BIOLOGICAL plant protection shouldn't be regarded as a new thing, after all the methods employed are as old as nature itself.

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