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Fancy some flaming autumn colour in the garden? This is a good time to choose trees and shrubs for autumn leaf colour. The hot, sunny summer and mostly dry autumn have allowed deciduous plants to appear at their best this year, and you can view them in all their blazing glory till the leaves come down and they nod off to sleep for winter. Here are a few of my favourite picks for a bonfire blaze at this time of year, with something included for all garden sizes:
Sherry FitzGerald is offering to the market No 7 Thornberry for sale by private treaty. This is a quality detached split level family home fitted to a very high standard.
The word “energy” peppers Noeline Kavanagh’s conversation as she talks about her time with Macnas and looks forward to this weekend’s Halloween parade, Out Of The Wild Sky. Kavanagh herself is a human dynamo; though sitting at her office desk she is still a constant whirr of motioning arms, expressive gestures, and infectious enthusiasm.
Shows such as Say Yes to the Dress have transformed the bridal dress shopping experience, and now brides book appointments at a variety of boutiques and spend days travelling through shops. With all those options Belladonna Bridal needs to reaffirm that there is nothing wrong with saying yes to your dress at your first boutique.
Let’s think about scale today. I wonder if you’ve considered scale in the garden, at least in terms of plants? If not, it’s worth considering, as playing with different sizes can add an extra dimension to the space. As a garden designer, I’m always thinking of proportions – the layout of a garden on the ground has to be worked out until it’s just right before moving on to planting, and the proportions of all the different elements have to work, not just for the property to which the garden belongs, but for the human beings who will be using and enjoying it.
“THIS IS a man’s world/but it don’t mean nothing without a woman or a girl," James Brown famously sang and it is a view probably shared by Smithy, the protagonist of Ken Rogan’s acclaimed comedy-drama, Hero, which is coming to the Town Hall Theatre.
La Maison Chic, established for the past 12 years and known for its professional interior design service, as well as curtain fabrics, designer paints, and wallpapers, is relocating to a new secret location and is offering amazing discounts in its relocation sale, until July 21.
We protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun however we often neglect our eyes. Ultraviolet radiation can cause adverse effects to your eyes. Studies have suggested that prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause increased risk of macular degeneration of the retina (AMD), cataract of the intraocular lens, corneal damage and ocular adnexal (conjunctival or eyelid) melanomas.
Sunglasses serve an important function in protecting your eye health. You already know the harm that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation rays can potentially do to your skin – but these rays can also cause damage to your eyes.
My garden design clients are often nervous about growing roses in their gardens as there’s a perception that they take a lot of maintenance and “you have to spray them a lot”. This is really not so. Certainly if you want a really, really low maintenance garden, there’s a host of other shrubs you can use to give you structure, colour and interest all year round. To get the best from roses, an occasional prune and feed does make a difference – although those are easier to do than you might think.