IN A week that began with millions of people across the world claiming a tenuous affiliation with ‘the auld sod’ I managed to unearth a rather surprising Irish connection to something that for more than two centuries has been regarded as quintessentially English.
1. Choose your plants carefully: It might be tempting to pick whatever plant you like the look of best, but a little bit of research will go a long way – especially if you're the kind of person who's been unsuccessful in taking care of houseplants in the past.
AT THIS time of peak patriotism, it would nice to think people’s sense of Irishness could extend beyond the clichés of shamrock, Guinness and fiddly-dee to something arguably more worthwhile, like the island’s insects.
1. Think about colour: There's a massive range of cheerful colours available throughout spring, from zingy primroses and rich pansies, to heathers, acid green miniature lemon scented conifers, and bulbs, which if you forgot to plant in autumn are widely available to plant in pots now.
1. Get creative: In Britain and Northern Ireland we use over 35 million plastic bottles every day – but with a bit of imagination, they could find a home in your garden landscaping and help cut down on waste sent to landfill.
1 Small spaces: Tim Evans of Wyevale Garden Centres, whose herbs are all UK-grown, advises that, in small spaces "you won't want any more than three herbs in the same pot because otherwise they will compete with one another.