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14th June 2016
Propertynews.com’s Top 10 Home Hacks

Propertynews.com’s Top 10 Home Hacks

    Staying in this summer? Make the most of your home with our top 10 DIY hacks!     1. Too many books and nowhere to put them? Check out these quirky bookshelves. 2. Use an old picture frame as a Memo Board! 3. Wall baskets can be used to store your towels in […]
10th November 2015
Don’t cut corners for greenhouse guests

Don’t cut corners for greenhouse guests

It’s not often I feel virtuous. It is, anyway, an irritating trait. However, while washing the glass of the greenhouse windows, I felt surprised that I could be doing the kind of task that your eye usually skims over when viewing your jobs for the week. It’s been changeover time in the greenhouse with summer […]
27th July 2015
Lit it Grow

Lit it Grow

As the school holidays begin, Hannah Stephenson looks at some green-fingered fun for kids and chooses some accessories to help them along the way School’s out for summer – but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having ‘staycations’ and trying to coax their children into the […]
8th July 2015
Tasty Raspberries are the Cream of the Crop

Tasty Raspberries are the Cream of the Crop

Commercial breeders have worked very hard to ruin the texture and taste of strawberries. They have not been so successful with raspberries. But shop-bought ones remain expensive, even when the fruit is coming into season, as it is now. So on that score alone, raspberries are worth growing at home. They are not, in themselves, […]
8th July 2015
Darling Buds

Darling Buds

It’s been a bumper year for roses. Hannah Stephenson looks at how we can make the most of our roses and offers some tips on rose care during the summer. Everything is blooming in the rose garden this year, thanks to the mild winter and spring, with little in the way of frost, providing stress-free […]
3rd July 2015
It’s a Shore Thing

It’s a Shore Thing

This home is a haven of tranquility close to Belfast Lough, says Stephanie Bell This fine period family home  enjoys a great location on the main Shore Road at Greenisland, in a pleasant private residents’ cul-de-sac where the new road network is due for completion this summer. A well-maintained home, it offers lots of charm and character with […]
29th June 2015
Sense of Wander

Sense of Wander

Drawing inspiration from the Silk Route, Sam Wylie-Harris heads in search of colourful travel-inspired collectibles and patterns Revisiting the Seventies has conjured a fresh approach to the bohemian chic trend. But it’s not just time travel that’s inspired the latest collections; actual travel is at the heart of the look too, with designers venturing back […]
29th June 2015
Homegrown Flower Business is Blooming

Homegrown Flower Business is Blooming

Georgie Newbery is explaining how she set up her business, Common Farm Flowers: “It started with bunches of sweet peas at the garden gate.” I’m at her smallholding in Somerset, where long narrow beds are packed with marigolds and honesty, ammi and cornflowers. The first crop of sweet peas is beginning to flower in the […]
29th June 2015
Your Get-out Claws

Your Get-out Claws

Don’t despair if the neighbour’s cats are having a field day of destruction in your garden – there are ways to keep them at bay, as Hannah Stephenson discovers … Now, I don’t want to be a killjoy about people’s pets, but when I see a neighbour’s feline stray into my garden, I just want […]
15th June 2015
Scents of Wonder

Scents of Wonder

Balmy summer nights on the patio can be enhanced with fabulously fragrant plants. Hannah Stephenson sniffs out her favourites… Stepping out onto the patio to be engulfed in waves of different fragrances is one of the most glorious sensations of summer. Of course, there are the obvious candidates among the annuals – pots of night-scented stocks, traditional […]
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