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Roses, blackbirds, flowery lawns, and the weather (again)

In June and July gardens fill with flowers, and these are the traditional months for roses, England’s national flower.

At this time of year, the loud and melodious song of the male blackbird is usually the first song heard in the dawn chorus.

We expect summer weather to be warm, dry and sunny, but heavy rain in June is surprisingly common, and has been called ‘the June monsoon’. Downpours have frequently turned the Glastonbury festival site into a mud bath, and when Wimbledon was held in June play was frequently interrupted by rain.

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Elizabeth Hamilton