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Planting snake's head fritillaries

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
12 October 2012 at 15:48
My favourite spring bulb is the beautiful snake’s head fritillary, with its exquisite chequered flowers, and I’ve just planted 20 bulbs in the green roof on my shed. Continue reading...
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Writing outside in the present moment

By Sean Borodale in Gardeners' musings
I have often wondered how a poem begins. If I sat down at a bare table with a pencil and a piece of paper, I wonder if anything would happen at all. Continue reading...
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Apple sawfly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 October 2012 at 08:12
I view our raggedy apple tree as a wildlife resource, as it supports lots of interesting apple-eating creatures, including apple sawfly. Continue reading...
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Picking blackberries

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
08 October 2012 at 15:09
Gathering blackberries is one of the few chances gardeners get to do something hazardous, because blackberries really do not want to be gathered. Continue reading...
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Wildlife ponds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
05 October 2012 at 17:16
I would like a bigger garden and three ponds. Why three? Well, they would be of different sizes and depths, and therefore attract a wide range of wildlife. Continue reading...
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Autumn downpours

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
03 October 2012 at 09:46
I’m rarely one to look forward to a season being over, but from a gardening perspective at least, I’m happy to say farewell to summer 2012. Continue reading...
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Planting spring bulbs in lawns

By Adam Pasco in Plants
01 October 2012 at 16:54
There’s more to lawns than just grass. You can easily transform yours into a colourful display of spring-flowering bulbs, and now’s the time to plant them. Continue reading...
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A difficult year for wasps

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
28 September 2012 at 13:00
This week has marked a change in insect behaviour in my garden – some insects have started looking for a dry place to hibernate. Continue reading...
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Leafhoppers on sage

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
26 September 2012 at 09:03
Sage is one of my favourite herbs, and I have also discovered, rather belatedly it seems, that this herb is host to an incredibly pretty leafhopper. Continue reading...
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Growing autumn cyclamen

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
24 September 2012 at 10:12
One of the first signs of autumn in this garden is the cyclamen – they are charming little things with flowers that look a bit like the Mekon from Dan Dare. Continue reading...
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