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Ivy bees and ivy flowers
At last, I have found ivy bees. For the last three autumns I've routinely scoured ivy flowers in London to no avail. But last week I found what I was looking for.
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Boston ivy
I have just had passed a blissful four weeks. I haven't been lying on a beach or enjoying an extended lunch. I've merely been looking out of the window a few times a day.
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Honey bees in gardens
We went to the Red House at the weekend. Everywhere was calm but there was a great deal of hubbub in the garden. The beehive was, well, a hive of activity.

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Harvesting apples
I spent a day last week harvesting apples – the cooker ‘Bramley’s Seedling’, something similar to ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ and 'Egremont Russet'.
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The bramley apple
Ask anyone to name an apple, and chances are they'll come up with either Cox’s Orange Pippin or The Bramley - probably our most popular varieties.
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Cooking green tomatoes
I know many gardeners who use green tomatoes to make chutney, and others who throw them on the compost heap. But why don’t more of us eat them?