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Gardening with Gerry: striking Sycamore
Gerry Daly
People are often surprised to learn that the sycamore is not a native tree, and yet it has found its home in many large gardens in the countyside, writes Gerry Daly
27 March 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: soak up the benefits
After months of near-constant rain, gardens and farmland have rarely been so wet and it has been difficult to carry out seasonal activities. Here, Gerry Daly discusses strategies for a wet garden.
20 March 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: star of the south
Like many South American plants, begonias are very intensely coloured, mostly in shades of orange, red and yellow to attract pollinating hummingbirds.
Gardening with Gerry: out of the blue
Scilla or squill is related to the wild bluebell, and the much cultivated garden flower hyacinth, writes Gerry Daly.
13 March 2024 Gardening
Favourite flower of Marie Antoinette
Dahlia is part of the daisy family and can come in a wide variety of bright colours and shapes.
6 March 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: scent of spring
Sweet box is a durable, tough little plant, attracting a variety of wildlife and pollinators including birds and bees, writes Gerry Daly.
21 February 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: taking the leap to grow vegetables
Now is the time to start preparing the ground for growing vegetables, writes Gerry Daly.
24 January 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: The special Skimmia
Skimmia has a rich sweet scent that fills the space around it and is very attractive to all manner of insects that come to feed on the nectar, writes Gerry Daly.
17 January 2024 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: “you’ll do a gardening article for us”
Writing in the Irish Farmers Journal since 1984, Gardening with Gerry is a column that has stood the test of time. Gerry Daly reflects on the change in the gardening landscape over those years.
27 December 2023 Gardening
Why brilliant bark is a delightful bonus in winter
Now that the mantle of green foliage is well and truly gone, the hidden beauty of the bark of trees and shrubs is revealed.
20 December 2023 Gardening
Gardening: the majestic Mahonia
Irishman Bernard McMahon had a significant impact on the species of plants that developed in North America in the 19th century, writes Gerry Daly.
13 December 2023 Gardening
Gardening with Gerry: brightening the last days of autumn
The Golden daisy bush can tolerate light frost and is very easy to grow. The flowers are very pretty and lively, writes Gerry Daly.
29 November 2023 Gardening