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June is a joyous month in the garden as plants continue their headlong rush of growth, some already in flower and many others racing their flowering stems upwards into the sunshine. In the longest days of the year, foliage continues to expand as fresh new growth pushes out. Vegetables grow rapidly and the first fruits of summer can be picked. Exciting times and we have all the details of what to do this month in GARDEN CARE and KNOW-HOW.
In PLANT PROFILE, James Wickham reviews the protea family, a family of truly exotic plants, some of which manage to grow outdoors at this latitude. In GARDEN HISTORY, Peter Pearson tells the story of The Deeps, a Wexford garden and its once impressive features. In GARDEN VISIT, Rae McIntyre visits a many-faceted County Down garden. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio produces a comprehensive design for a semi-rural garden in County Galway.
In NOTEBOOKS Brian Cross and Lorna MacMahon relate some interesting observations about plants in their own gardens in the south and west. Dick Warner reports on the widespread loss of honey bee colonies. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Teresa Lennon spent her prize of €300 worth of plants at Cois na hAbhann Garden Centre, Camolin, Co. Wexford. In STYLE ESSENTIALS, Lindie Naughton has complied an interesting range of garden items and accessories. Recipes for Warm Salad and Braised Lamb Shank from KC Peaches, and Caroline Byrne suggests wines to accompany them.
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