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Enjoying this month, in and out of the garden

01 June 2013

The June calendar is one of busiest of the year, both in and out of the garden. A wealth of summer events full of pomp, pageant and colour at one end of the scale and blooming gardens at the other.There is so much to fit in – which is why we’ve pulled together a checklist to help you make the most of both your garden and everything else that’s going on.

The most immediate task is to start inviting friends and family, get the dates in the diary based around an event! Why not? It’s a great spur to get things done in the garden.

First, here’s a list of dates not to be missed and some garden-themed ideas:

•    Trooping the Colour, 15 June – such a slice of Britain, time to invite your friends for elderflower cordial (try our much loved recipe), cucumber sandwiches, home-made cake and endless pots of tea.
•    Father’s Day, 16 June –a BBQ party for Dad and family, and don’t forget his present!
•    Midsummer’s Day, 21 June – the perfect occasion for alfresco dining or a picnic by the river.
•    Royal Ascot, 18 to 22 June – a great excuse for wearing finery and buying a new hat (even if it’s only for the garden), time to go to town on garden lighting!
•    Wimbledon, 24 June to 7 July – game, set and match – settle down for the final, with friends, a balmy afternoon of eating strawberries and cream.

Meanwhile, to make the most of these wonderful occasions, this is what you need to get done in the garden:

•    Get mowing … cut your grass at least once a week and don’t neglect the edgings thinking they don’t matter. They will make all the difference and will really smarten the overall look of your garden.
•    It’s time to plant out summer bedding into your pots and containers – think about their position too within the garden.
•    Start harvesting lettuce, radish, other salads and early even potatoes. Your guests will really appreciate your homegrown offerings.
•    Tidy any tall, floppy plants by staking them or use a willow trellis for support.
•    Prune spring-flowering shrubs and don’t forget to add all your clippings to your composter.
•    Cut some flowers for your garden table, much nicer than a bunch from the supermarket and display them in a vintage style, recycled vase.
•    Place a quirky garden sign in your garden ... a touch of light humour.

It’s the month to keep the candles burning at both ends!

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