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Giant beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
06 June 2012 at 11:57
Sitting in the kitchen, chatting to teenage daughter before bed, she suddenly interrupted the conversation with: “That was a stag beetle, wasn’t it?” Continue reading...
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Unpleasant plant smells

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
04 June 2012 at 09:07
[...] one man’s perfume is another man’s stench. My wife, for example, finds the smell of lilies so overpowering, as to be unbearable. Continue reading...
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Native versus non-native plants

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
01 June 2012 at 10:10
Many non-native plants are fantastic for many insect species, including common species of butterfly, honeybees and the 10 or so wild bees we might see in our gardens. Continue reading...
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Adopting hens

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
30 May 2012 at 15:27
Last week, we received an email offering us some birds, and on Saturday my son and I went off to collect eight hens [...] Continue reading...
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Scented plants and memory

By Adam Pasco in Plants
28 May 2012 at 12:00
Memories are made of scent, and from now on, whenever I smell lilac, I will be taken back to my weekend at The Willow Festival [...] Continue reading...
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Diarmuid Gavin's Chelsea garden

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
25 May 2012 at 10:55
A giant pyramid at the end of Main Avenue, Diarmuid’s creation is less show garden, more adventure playground. Continue reading...
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A gold medal at Chelsea

By Andy Sturgeon in Gardeners' musings
24 May 2012 at 16:21
I was in my hotel room doing some ironing, when my sponsor rang to break the news that the M&G Garden had won gold. Continue reading...
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Rosemary leaf beetle

By Richard Jones in Grow & eat
22 May 2012 at 09:18
The rosemary beetle is so deliciously beautiful, how could it possibly be considered a garden pest? Continue reading...
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Growing aquilegias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
21 May 2012 at 10:33
Aquilegias are among my favourite plants, mainly because they are so ridiculously easy to grow. Continue reading...
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Planting out tomatoes

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
18 May 2012 at 10:12
For weeks now, my tomatoes, peppers and aubergines have been sitting indoors waiting to be planted out... Continue reading...
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