The Irish Garden Magazine

Growing season moves on!


June is the start of the really lush period of summer growth. Trees and shrubs are fully leafed up, though there are a few tardy kinds, such as hardy hibiscus, but yet they retain much of the freshness. Make the most of the best growing conditions of the year with shrubs and flowers, fruit and vegetables and lawns. Be sure to get some time to enjoy the fruits of your work.

The Irish Garden in WHAT-TO-DO-NOW and KNOW-HOW has all the seasonal tips for success at least effort. In PLANT PROFILE, Conrad McCormick, an avowed lily enthusiast, writes about his favourite towering tree lilies. In GARDEN HISTORY: The Glorious Rajah, Charles Nelson writes about a spectacular pitcher-plant with a Glasnevin connection. In GARDEN VISIT: Shirley Lanigan visited Mary and Joe Johannes’s garden which is set at an elevation and challenged from the outset by strong winds.

In DESIGN DESK, landscape designer Gabriele Sanio takes the baton and sets about designing a garden from a bare hillside, with the added stricture that some valued views are to be retained. In NOTEBOOKS, Mary Waldron plants Himalayan giant lilies, while Lorna MacMahon admires the spectacular Himalayan blue poppy. In GARDEN CENTRE
EXPERIENCE, Suzanne Callaghan won €300 to spend on plants for her garden at Cois na Habhann Garden Centre, Camolin, Co. Wexford.

In NEWS, we keep you up-to-date about events and new products launched and Lindie Naaughton has collected ideas across a range of garden accessories and equipment. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited Baldoyle Racecourse Community Garden. Wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna tells the story of the bats that regularly use gardens
to hunt midges and mosquitoes. Bloom is the major event in June — five full days. It has become a large and successful event and has earned a very notable presence in the national calendar for gardening and horticulture. The Irish Garden magazine has supported the Bloom concept from the outset. This year again some 20 contributors will take part in the Bord Bia/The Irish Garden garden advice stand in the Floral Pavilion over the five
days. And, as always, we ask you to please support service and product suppliers who support The Irish Garden.

Good gardening!