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Now is the time to summer prune fruit – especially stone fruits like cherries and plums, as they can be prone to a fungal disease called silverleaf if pruned in winter, but also apples and pears.

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Plant of the week: Jasmine

This week's plant: Jasmine

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Pyracantha architecture

Shape pyracantha to keep it within bounds and create an elegant, architectural outline against your walls or fences that looks as good in winter as it does in summer.

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Britain in Bloom competition

All across the country, volunteer gardeners have been biting their nails as a crack team of RHS judges tours green spaces from North Berwick to Newquay deciding which are to scoop the top awards in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

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It's time to plant Colchicums

Plant colchicum bulbs this month for an unusual and spectacular display later in the year.

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Plant of the week: Lavender

Lavender is right up there with roses and sweet peas as one of our favourite plants, and with good reason

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What to do in the garden in August

Midsummer can mean a pause while your garden gets ready for the bright colours of autumn – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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An award-winning show garden from this year’s Bloom event in Phoenix Park, Dublin, is getting a new lease of life after being rebuilt as a permanent feature in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.

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How to take care of your beans?

Pinch out climbing beans as soon as they reach the tops of their supports. Runner beans, French beans and shelling beans are super-productive in the veg garden and are cropping heavily right now, but they will insist on carrying on growing upwards once they reach the tops of their canes.

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