June Blake

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Persicaria ampexicaulis ‘fat Domino’.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Most keen gardeners can rattle off a list of the popular hardy perennials that act as the colourful mainstays of the late summer garden. Well-known e(...)

Sweet pea flowering in Fionnuala’s flower farm. No photo is going to let you know what it feels like to breathe in the intoxicating perfume of sweet pea in full bloom on a warm summer day. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

It’s often said that we live in a visual age, our tastes shaped by a stream of images fed to us via traditional and social media. If you’re a ga(...)

Caution: garden eating deers about. Photograph: Alan Betson ,

Oh no – or should that be oh dear – we have deer in our garden. Or rather, we very nearly have deer, their slow but steady invasion just about kept in(...)

From garden festivals and talks to the hundreds of lovely Irish gardens open to the public, there is plenty to enjoy this month. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s officially summer, which means that there’s plenty to see and do in the garden this month plus lots of great garden festivals, talks, workshops a(...)

Joyce Russell: lifelong gardening passion began in her childhood in the Yorkshire dales. Photograph: Ben Russell

If there’s one lesson that gardening teaches – and in truth it teaches many – it’s that none of us comes into this world a great gardener; instead we (...)

Bumble bee feeding on cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Few months in the gardening year are more joyful than April with its oh-so-pretty froth of flowers and newborn greenery. It is the gardening month mo(...)

June Blake’s garden near Blessington, West Wicklow, will also be celebrating its “Month of Tulips” throughout April with a spectacular display of these spring-flowering bulbs.

Canny gardeners will know that one of the most important milestones of the Irish growing year is the vernal equinox, which this year fell on March 20t(...)

Triona Noonan  in her garden in Dun Laoghaire with some of her prized alpine and rock plants Photo Credit Richard Johnston

Say the words “rock gardening” to most young(ish) gardeners and they’re likely to gently wrinkle their noses and shake their heads in amused bewilderm(...)

Artfully pruned: the branches of the deciduous conifer Larix decidua frame herbaceous planting in June Blake’s garden in west Co Wicklow. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Like many gardeners of a certain vintage, I’m possessed of a lifelong aversion to conifers (or at least most conifers) that has been difficult to shak(...)

Astrantia ‘Gill Richardson’. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Are you in search of long-flowering, easy-to-grow plants that will add oodles of oomph to your June garden? The sorts that experienced gardeners refer(...)

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