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Sowing hollyhocks

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:41
I love hollyhock spires in late summer, and watching the last of the year’s bees pollinating them. They also produce masses of seeds and are very easy to grow. Continue reading...
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Collecting prickly seeds

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:00
I have been collecting seeds of Eryngium giganteum - this is easier said than done, as the seeds are needle sharp Continue reading...
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Rhododendron leaf hoppers

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
03 September 2013 at 17:18
With its pale turquoise green body and stylish lone-ranger face mask, the rhododendron leafhopper is one of the prettiest insects you can find in a garden. Continue reading...
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Sowing rocket for autumn

By Adam Pasco in Grow & eat
03 September 2013 at 10:00
Bumper harvests continue feeding the family and filling the freezer. It's payback time for all the care that's gone into sowing, watering and nurturing crops through summer. Continue reading...
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The joy of compost

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
30 August 2013 at 10:26
I love Monty’s enthusiasm for compost – it comes across as a genuine, heartfelt passion for all things rotting. Continue reading...
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Friend or foe?

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
27 August 2013 at 16:34
Those of you who have attended BBC Gardeners' World Live at the NEC, Birmingham in the last few years may well have an advantage in the following quiz. Continue reading...
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Growing teasels

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
23 August 2013 at 11:46
...if a single plant can be a home for wildlife, then the fuller’s teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, is a high-rise tower block. Continue reading...
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Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

By Adam Pasco in Plants
19 August 2013 at 13:13
While exploring the trial ground I was stopped in my tracks by a beautiful blue lace flower. How had I never noticed it before? Continue reading...
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Homes for wildlife at Heligan

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
13 August 2013 at 17:43
In Cornwall I visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan. It's one of my favourite gardens to visit. Continue reading...
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Lawns and insects

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
13 August 2013 at 12:15
My lawn is a disgrace. I am constantly reminded of this by my more horticulturally enthusiastic partner who, I think, would prefer an emerald sward. Continue reading...
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