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Five daffodils to grow

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
23 September 2013 at 14:58
...here are my five favourite daffodils - at the moment. I do, of course, reserve the right to change my mind at a moment’s notice. Continue reading...
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Looking ahead to spring

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
20 September 2013 at 10:56
As the honeysuckle flowers become berries and the herbaceous plants fade, my spring-flowering plants are stepping up a gear. Continue reading...
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Getting the better of slugs and snails

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
17 September 2013 at 14:29
Now is the time of year when many molluscs produce eggs. And these will hatch into the next generation of veggie-munching, fury-inducing pests. Continue reading...
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Putting hardy gerberas to the test

By Adam Pasco in Plants
17 September 2013 at 10:33
I was somewhat sceptical when I first heard about garvineas – a new range of gerberas that are said to be hardy perennials. But, as they say, the proof of the pudding... Continue reading...
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Cooking elderberries

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
13 September 2013 at 09:27
The elder trees near me are bursting with berries. There are recipes online for elderberry jelly and elderberry dumplings, but I think I’ll bake a pie. Continue reading...
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Silver-washed fritillary

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2013 at 10:22
Overgrown urban gardens take a while to attract new wildlife, so I wasn't expecting anything very surprising – maybe some hoverflies and harlequin ladybirds. How wrong I was. Continue reading...
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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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