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Kevin Myers: Beauty of the hedgerows is nature's great unsung gift

Kevin Myers

Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00

We are this weekend moving into the Great Unsung Season of the year, when the Irish countryside is at its most beautiful: these are the days of the whitethorn, when the hedgerows of Ireland resemble great big snowdrifts streaked with pulsing rose and thinning blood.

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No other country has hedges like Ireland's, thousands and thousands of miles of banked gardens that erupt in the first week of June in the greatest floral display this landscape knows.

And the real beauty of the season is that it reaches its peak as the gorse comes into its first great summer-flower.

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