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Speckled wood butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
My 2010 garden tally of butterfly species is now up to six. We've had single visits from large white, comma, peacock and small tortoiseshell... Continue reading...
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Magnolias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A week or so ago I was in Cornwall, yesterday in London and therefore in a perfect position to watch the march of the magnolia. Continue reading...
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Vine weevil control

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
Last week I found vine weevils on the rim of my the pot my orange tree lives in. It stands next to my 'nursery' of seedlings, so potentially hundreds of plants could be affected. Continue reading...
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Oak processionary moth

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth are a real pest, but I couldn't contemplate killing them. Continue reading...
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Recycling in the garden

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
[...] all cardboard rolls, tubes or egg boxes make great biodegradable pots that can be filled with compost for seed sowing. Continue reading...
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Potato blight and Bordeaux Mixture

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I'm in a quandary over what to do about potato blight (Phytophthora infestans), a fungal infection that causes foliage to develop dark patches and can result in the rotting of the tubers. Continue reading...
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Butterflies in the garden

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[...] we're here for the fine sea views, the quiet solitude, and the warm weather. And that weather has already brought forth its first worshippers. Continue reading...
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Tree buds in spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I thought it might be a mildly entertaining diversion to write about the moment just before blooming [...] Trees in bud. Continue reading...
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Draining ponds

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
[...] why would you drain a pond in spring? Isn't spring the most crucial time of year for wildlife? Continue reading...
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Daffodil care

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
This year, it seems spring is three whole weeks late. But it is, finally, in full swing: hundreds of daffodils planted alongside my drive are in glorious bloom. Continue reading...
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