WHILE New Year diet and fitness fads will come and go, gardening remains a constant for healthy living, says Monty Don As someone who has suffered bouts of depression and had a stroke almost a decade ago, Monty Don knows the importance of his garden only too well.
CASTLE Ward at southern end of Strangford Lough is famed not only for its eccentric two-faced mansion house, but also two very distinctive designed landscapes – the 17th and 18th century Temple Water and the 19th century Windsor Garden with pleasure grounds.
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ALPINES; Bonsais; succulents; box balls; bedding; bay trees; dahlias; roses; hydrangeas… all these and more have been fashionable at some stage in recent decades and some still are, while others are perhaps due a revival.
FOR anybody left disheartened by last week’s column and particularly the reminder that it’ll be the end of February before dusk comes after six o’clock, I have some good news, of sorts – there are only 40 days until the winter solstice.