IT SEEMS a little early and has no doubt been prompted by the mild winter, but cherry blossom is already beginning to appear in abundance, heralding the arrival of what for many gardeners is the best time of the year.
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.