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Winter aconites

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[The winter aconite] is shorter than its chum the snowdrop but has wider, more interesting leaves that are shaped a bit like baseball mitts. Continue reading...
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Valentine's Day flowers

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
It's Valentine's Day on Monday. Walking past a local florist yesterday I spotted buckets of red roses, sunflowers, gerbera and irises. Continue reading...
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Leggy seedlings

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
... I'm fighting long, leggy seedlings, which have become etiolated as a result of the low light levels... Continue reading...
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Growing summer bulbs

By Adam Pasco in Plants
It won't be long before daffodils, tulips and hyacinths signal the arrival of spring, but if we want summer and autumn to provide similar displays we have to start planning and planting now. Continue reading...
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Gardening theft

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
My first allotment was robbed in winter. Nothing expensive was taken (there wasn't anything expensive to take), but my plastic, walk-in greenhouse vanished overnight... Continue reading...
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Centipedes and worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Any gardener should always be pleased to find centipedes. Since they are hunters, they cannot do any harm to the plants or their roots. Continue reading...
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Sheep, cattle and grass

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Sheep. It is not often enough that the role of sheep in our landscape is fully acknowledged. Continue reading...
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Garden birds and my Big Garden Birdwatch

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 January 2011 at 16:01
In spring a pair of great tits and a blue tit used my garden to snack on peanuts while foraging for their young. They were all gone by July... Continue reading...
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Signs of spring

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
Usually, after spending an hour or so in the garden at this time of year, I get a clear sense of how all the plants are doing. This time, though, there were conflicting signals. Continue reading...
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Snowdrops

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Although I grow snowdrops in my own garden, and I admire their short-lived display - most welcome at the coldest time of year - they don't really rock my boat. Continue reading...
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