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Are slugs munching your prized plants at night time? To eradicate them from your flower beds, sink a small container filled with beer into the ground near their favourite plant. The slugs will be attracted by the yeast and fall in, trapping them instantly.

Irish luxury candle company Max Benjamin has two male fragrances which are ideal for dads on Father’s Day. The new Fragrance for Him (a strong masculine scent with cardamom, black pepper and patchouli mixed with amber tonka and musks) comes in a candle (€19.95), and diffuser (€26.95) from the Kilkenny Shop, Emmet Place and Shanagarry.

Perennial Lavender is a great choice for Irish gardens; it's adored by bees, emits a calming scent and it's famous for producing an essential oil that has inherent antibiotic properties, as well as helping insomnia. You can dry your own lavender once you pick it, and chop it up to put in little pouches to put into drawers, wardrobes or pillowcases.

The best known kinds of lavender are...

This Jane Churchill 'Oceana' fabric is a cute choice for a seaside getaway. Available in blue or coral from The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place.

If you're the type of person who sets the alarm in order to get the best sun lounger, you'll be needing one of these...

Ben de Lisi 'Reserved' motif beach towel, €14, Debenhams.

These Le Jardin pots look chic in a country style garden. From a selection at Next, Blackpool.

This vintage-inspired vase is a bargain at €28.99 from Style 25, Drawbridge St. Cork.

Use a few drops of baby oil on a paper towel to remove fingerprints from stainless steel refrigerators and ovens.

Our changeable weather means Irish gardeners have to be crafty when it comes to choosing their plants. As it’s so unpredictable we must allow for wind, rain and sun, making landscaping and planting a challenge.

Hanleys Garden Centre has a lovely range of Nonstop Begonias, an aptly titled sturdy bloomer that will add bright sparks of colour even in partial shade and low levels of...

Geometric prints are a summer hit in fashion, but why limit them to your wardrobe? Browse the extensive fabric library at The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place, Cork for fun patterns and colourways or email them a picture of a pattern or colour you like ( and their expert team will suggest some fabric options...

Ice-cream colours are taking over dining tables for summer 2013. Indulge yourself without putting on a pound by treating yourself to the Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Fleur Mug, €4, dinner plate, €6, bowl €5 and four-pack of teaspoons, €10, Dunnes.

Hydrangeas need much more water than you'd think. To make sure your garden blooms are as big as possible come summer, give them a good drenching twice a week.

If hunting for hidden treasures and vintage finds sounds like your kind of Saturday morning, head for the Mother Jones Flea Market off MacCurtain Street. This 'Oliver' typewriter, in great working condition and with a brand new ribbon, is €90 from Luxuria Vintage.

Invited to dinner? Skip the petrol-station flowers and spoil your host with Avoca's luxurious soaps instead. €4.95 from Meadows & Byrne.

The fuchsia has been enthusiastically adopted by Corkonians; grasped to our collective bosom. It reminds many people of heading to the beach, as the roads near the sea are lined with the instantly recognisable flowers.

Even though the plant grows wild in its exotic home -locations like the mountains of South America and New Zealand- we know it so well from our coastal roads that West...

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