Writing garden poetry

By Tony Scarfi in Gardeners' musings
23 August 2012 at 09:09
Winning the Gardeners’ World Magazine poetry competition last year was a big thrill and it led to a number of exciting spin-offs. Continue reading...
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By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
22 August 2012 at 16:10
For some people, ants are a problem simply because they are six-legged and present in large numbers. Continue reading...

Where are the ladybirds?

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
20 August 2012 at 10:34
Where have all the ladybirds gone? Perhaps they are yet to arrive, on the crest of a warm front from the Continent [...] Continue reading...

Wordsworth's garden at Dove Cottage

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
17 August 2012 at 12:51
I visited the former home of William Wordsworth in the Lake District last weekend. It was fascinating to walk around Dove Cottage as it was when it was lived in, but I couldn’t wait to see the garden. Continue reading...


By Richard Jones in Wildlife
15 August 2012 at 10:09
The marvel of glow-worms, and their New World equivalents the fire-flies, has entered popular mythology. Is it any wonder? Continue reading...

Acca sellowiana

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
13 August 2012 at 11:21
Allow me to introduce you to Acca sellowiana, previously Fejoia sellowiana and known to its close friends as the pineapple guava. Continue reading...

Growing honeysuckle

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
10 August 2012 at 16:44
Honeysuckles shouldn’t be tricky plants to grow, but they’re often planted in the wrong place, making them susceptible to downy mildew and aphids. Continue reading...

Dealing with red spider mite

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
08 August 2012 at 10:38
Red spider mite loves warm, dry environments, so is often to be found decimating greenhouse and house plants. Continue reading...

Summer seed sowing

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
06 August 2012 at 12:10
This is the first year I can recall when it's been almost impossible to sow outdoor crops directly into a well-prepared seedbed. Continue reading...
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Wet weather and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
03 August 2012 at 10:19
Last week I wrote that populations of slugs and snails have boomed this year, but how has other wildlife fared? Continue reading...