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Diarmuid Gavin’s guide to creating a rainbow with colourful irises

With its beautiful flowers and sweet fragrance, this plant blends seamlessly into any garden style

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Bearded ris

Bearded ris

Forsythia

Forsythia

Time to plant up your hanging baskets

Time to plant up your hanging baskets

Forsythia is suitable from growing from cuttings

Forsythia is suitable from growing from cuttings

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Bearded ris

A combination of rain and sunshine has accelerated plant growth this month and spring gardens are in full bloom. My front garden is a haze of blue flowers as the anemones, bluebells, brunnera and omphalodes are all in blossom.

The tall echiums are also starting to flower and soon will be buzzing with bees. Foamy white flowers of Anthriscus dance in the breeze. The picture will be complete when the tightly folded buds of the bearded iris give way to their opulent violet petals.


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