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The pace of plant growth becomes a headlong rush in June as plants speed towards their summer peak. Foliage on trees and shrubs has opened out fully and there is lots of fresh new growth. After a slow start, garden caught up rapidly with some good days and the season is back on track. The Irish Garden is full of ideas for your garden now, things to try and plants to choose, over twenty pages, in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW.
The trend in garden design and planting is towards a more natural approach as understanding of natural plant communities develops, Gerry Daly writes. Fuchsias are firm favourites for their lively flowers, both outdoors and in the greenhouse and Finola Reid reviews the genus and some of her favourites in PLANT PROFILE. In GARDEN HISTORY, Charles tells the story of the fad of dyeing plants, especially the green carnation.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visits garden designer Philip Hollwey's garden in Co. Wexford. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio draws up a design for a beach-themed garden. In NOTEBOOKS North and West Rae McIntyre and Lorna MacMahon report their experiences of plants in their own gardens. Dick Warner outlines the value of an insect hotel and how to make one. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Fiona Cole won €300 worth of plants at Cois na hAbhann Garden, Home and Lifestyle Centre, Camolin, Co. Wexford. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited Leighlinbridge Community Garden in Co. Carlow.
The June Bank Holiday is Bloom weekend and we have a full listing of all 23 show gardens - the jewels in the crown of the five-day Bloom show, and a round-up of the many other attractions on offer.
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