There's been sunshine, there's been rain. Summer so far has all the ingredients to keep gardeners happy and in this issue of Scottish Gardener there are more reasons to be cheerful.

In Perth we meet Madeleine Tinson, whose beautiful garden holds a National Collection of Mylnefield Lilies, a unique group of plants that have been bred in Scotland.

We hear from a group of community volunteers in Lanarkshire who have just received a major grant from the Scottish Land Fund that will allow them to preserve a magical green space at the very heart of Scotland's road network.

In Fife we catch up with Chilli con Cambo, a festival of gardening and eating where produce from the estate's greenhouses is being turned into delicious food and we took a close look at agapanthus, one of the most beautiful of summer flowers, and discover just how easy it is to cultivate.

At Arduaine in Argyll the National Trust for Scotland is taking bold action to defeat Phytophthora ramorum, one of several new diseases to have arrived here in recent years and we discover the Trust's plans to secure the future of this beautiful garden.

And of course we've got all the usual features, including a timely reminder of What To Do Now.

So don't let the sunny days of summer pass you by. Make time to get out into the garden, catch up on watering and weeding, be enchanted by bees and butterflies and enjoy the beauty of your plants.

Agnes Stevenson,
Scottish Gardener Editor

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