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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Sowing seeds

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
Last year I sowed all my seeds in the first week of January, eager to get my brand new garden off to a flying start. Continue reading...
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Newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There is something much more primordial about a newt than, say, a frog or a toad. Perhaps it's the dragging crocodilian gait, or the slightly frilled backbone. Continue reading...
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Preparing gardens for spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The loveliness and gorgeous all-forgiving whiteness has gone and left behind it ... well, a lot of soggy, mucky chaos. Continue reading...
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Gardening for bumblebees

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggests that gardens make better habitats for bumblebees than the countryside. Continue reading...
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Harlequin ladybirds

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
[...] this year, while tidying the house I noticed large numbers of dead ladybirds on the window sills. Continue reading...
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Carol Klein: Life in a Cottage Garden

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
With such a dull, damp and dismal start to the year, I didn't feel very motivated to venture into my garden. That all changed last Friday [...] Continue reading...
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Local plants (for local people)

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
In last week's Observer Magazine, Dan Pearson wrote about collecting berries from hedgerows near him, so he could grow plants with local provenance. Continue reading...
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