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Stack your favourite tipple in the refrigerator with a Fridge Monkey anti-roll mat for bottles and cans. Available in red, cream or blue from The Old Mill Stores, Leap.

Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth, and the plants named after her were once native to New Zealand but do really well in our similarly damp and mild climate.

Their versatility means you can use them for edging, plant them in borders; grow them in rock gardens or even in containers.

Nobody's quite sure how they made it to our shores in the first place; but they’ve become...

Crafty homeowners are flocking to Jackie Cogan and Connie O'Kennedy's eclectic shop The Paint Pot for workshops on basic furniture painting and finishing techniques. The Anglesea St. store stocks the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk paints, brushes, waxes and books. Bring your own piece of small furniture to one of their Open Studio sessions, €30, including paints and materials. Call 087...

Take advantage of the warmer weather by enjoying your tea break outdoors. This Alice Rose tea cosy will keep your cuppa piping hot. €14.95 from Ulster Weavers at the Kilkenny Shop, Emmet Place and Shanagarry.

These Deckchair Tumblers are a daily reminder that summer is on the way. €12 for four, Next.

A new gardening course entitled Starting a Vegetable Garden from Scatch begins on Sunday, April 28th at The Hollies, Enniskeane, Co. Cork. Aimed at those who want to turn part of their lawn into a productive vegetable garden, the course will equip participants with everything they need to get started.

The course, €60, runs from 9.30am-4.30pm and lunch is included. Contact 023 88...

Michael Harvey, Barnardos, Graham Donne, LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and Yvonne McKenna, Volunteer Ireland representing some of the 400 charities and communities to date, which have benefitted from the project.  Picture: Keith Arkins

The Dulux Lets Colour Project 2013 will ensure 130 more communities and charities will experience a colour...

Children, pets and messy house guests can take their toll on your furniture. If yours could do with a facelift, call John Mulcahy, the Cleaning Doctor. Upholstery cleaning prices vary according to size and level of soiling but an average three-piece seat suite is €130. Visit cleaningdoctor.ie or call for more details.

A truly versatile plant, Clematis is known as the ‘Queen of Climbers’ and will cheerfully scramble up trees, walls, or frames.

Originally of Japanese and Chinese origin; there are hundreds of hybrids with terrific names, like Traveller’s Joy; Virgin’s Bower and Old Man’s Beard.

Clematis Montana (Anemone Clematis) is handy for hiding unsightly walls...

1. Light up

Install lighting above your kitchen cabinets to draw the eye upwards and give the room a sense of height.

 

2. Cast off clutter

Nothing distracts from a great kitchen design like clutter. Stow everything you can in cupboards and drawers and display your favourite items in a dresser or on open shelving.

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1 - €34, Debenhams 

2 - €19.99, Style 25, Drawbridge St. Cork 

3 - Zebras Crossing, Bianca Hall, €88 kissher.co.uk

 

Spring-Flowering Heathers (Above)

Heathers come in three main species; the Ericas, the Callunas and the Daboecia, and as a rule, they don’t like lime, so you’ll need compost that is slightly acidic. If you’re not sure what your soil PH is, get a little testing...

Picture: Pádraic Fogarty 

A wildlife organisation is calling on the Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to rethink its opposition to a proposed European Commission restriction on pesticides blamed for declines in bee numbers across the world.
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT), which has a branch in Cork, has written to the Department's Minister,...

Deirdre O’Sullivan's new Drawbridge St. shop Style 25 is stuffed with eclectic, quirky and stylish products; most of which are her own design. She produces amazing tables, chairs and sideboards in professional finishes from around €150. She's also sourced a range of quirky gifts and accessories like these gorgeous Miho Stag Heads, available in a variety of styles and sizes from...

The next meeting and seedling swap of the Grow It Yourself group (GIY) will take place at Blackpool Allotments (directly below the Revenue Commissioners in Blackpool) on April 20th at 2.30pm.

The aim of the seedling swap is for people to grow a seedling tray of one type of vegetable and swap those seedlings for other varieties so everyone leaves with a readymade vegetable garden to sow...

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