We often think of the phrase Flaming June to mean a period of good weather resulting in a great show of growth and flowers. As a gardener I feel it has a double meaning: the aforesaid good weather, or a polite way of swearing about the opposite reality. Of course, we should now be in that lovely period of frost-free gardening where tender plants can be left out without fear of punishment and the Clematis are really showing themselves off in my garden as pictured. It's also a month of many and varied events, so let's see what the You Ask, We Answer team have found for us:
1-7: National volunteer week. Lots of information available for you to find a voluntary activity to suit you. Happily my post last year inspired several of you to get out there and do something rewarding :)
5th until October: Future Gardens opens to the public. This is an exciting new garden festival which continues until 4th October. You'll find lots more information over at Zoe's plus June's Gardens Illustrated magazine has an extensive preview. It's also World Environment Day today.
10-14: Gardeners' World Live at the NEC. The big gardening festivals just keep rolling on - you can read about my lovely visit last year here.
19th (tbc): The Hoppings - Europe's largest funfair with roots going back to 1721 on 40 acres in the heart of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, continuing to the end of June/beginning of July. As a student this was the perfect antidote to the stress of exams!
20th: National Winking Day - Can you wink? I can, but only with my right eye ;)
21st: Summer Solstice. A time when the druids and other assorted folk stay up all night - well it is the shortest one - and celebrate the dawn of the longest day at Stonehenge.
24th - Midsummer's Day aka St John's Day. I've always struggled with this one as summer's only just got going in my view. Have a look here for more information on the the traditions associated with this day and also the entire month.