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Hornets

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Despite their size and loud buzzing, hornets are the most docile of our social wasps, and also the most secretive. Continue reading...
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The winged spindle

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The leaves are 70 shades of scarlet, and they contrast with the extraordinary orange seeds and pink seed-pods. The whole plant makes an eyeball-searing spectacle - almost hallucinogenic. Continue reading...
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Cats in the garden

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
A local cat has found my garden. It was only a matter of time, I suppose, after I had made the frogs, birds and mouse so welcome. Continue reading...
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Autumn heatwave

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
A disappointingly cold summer is often followed by predictions of a late heatwave. The predictions don't usually come true. Continue reading...
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Choosing apple tree varieties

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I've planted dozens of fruit trees, and while some have been productive, carrying delicious crops, others have been very disappointing... Continue reading...
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Leaf miners

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Leaf miners literally 'mine' leaves, tunneling through them and eating them from the inside, before pupating and emerging as an adult... Continue reading...
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Wasps and spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
28 September 2011 at 16:54
There are several spider webs amongst the ivy flowers, and some rather fat-looking and obviously overfed garden spiders... Continue reading...
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Growing gunnera

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I have always found plants with big leaves fascinating. I love hearing raindrops pattering on leaf canopies whilst pushing through an overgrown path... Continue reading...
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Autumn gardening jobs

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Last year [...] I left my garden untouched over winter, leaving hibernating creatures snuggled under a duvet of fallen leaves and rotting stems. Continue reading...
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Choosing plants for autumn colour

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I'm actually quite relieved now that autumn is here [...] a great time for garden visits and choosing new trees and shrubs. Continue reading...
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