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June is the month when every plant is jumping out of the ground. Replete with foliage that is still fresh, trees and shrubs are rapidly extending their new shoots, and flower stems are shooting upwards in borders. Vegetables and fruit are developing apace. June can deliver some of the best weather of the year and it is a great month to spent time outdoors - most of the early season gardening is done and there is time to enjoy the garden. The Irish Garden has lots of ideas for the June garden in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW.
The June Bank Holiday is now marked firmly on the calendar as Bloom weekend and we have a full listing of the show gardens - jewels in the crown of the five-day Bloom show, and a concise summary of the many other attractions on offer.
For garden relaxation, furniture is a 'must' and we have a select review of the vast range of garden furniture that is available in a choice of styles. The flowering dogwoods are stunning in May and June, though not nearly as well known as they should be, and in PLANT PROFILE, Finola Reid chooses the most beautiful and reliable sorts to grow. In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited Pip Biagi's naturalistic garden in West Cork. Charles Nelson reviews the history of the tree ferns in Ireland in PLANT HISTORY.
In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill come up with a very innovative design solution for a very small city garden in need of a re-design. In NOTEBOOKS Midlands and West, Mary Waldron and Lorna MacMahon passon insights from their own gardens. Dick Warner writes about bumble bees and how to encourage them in gardens. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Ealma Purcell won €300 worth of plants at Windyridge Nurseries Garden Centre, Dún Laoighre, Co. Dublin. In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met vegetable evangelist Joy Larkcom who lives in West Cork.
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