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Dragonfly nymphs

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Peering into the [...] water, after the initial algal bloom and water-flea dance auditions, I can see some squat mud-coloured gargoyles resting menacingly just below the water line. Continue reading...

Carnivorous plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 September 2010 at 16:47
To small boys the fact that [the Venus fly trap] cannot devour live chickens or younger sisters will always be a disappointment. Continue reading...

Garden centres revisited

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
My recent comments on this blog certainly generated some interesting responses, and it appears many of you think garden centres could do more to inspire their customers. Continue reading...


By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
It hasn't been an easy growing year, with very hot, dry spells followed by regular downpours, but the pelargoniums have been in flower since spring and are still going strong. Continue reading...

Autumn lawn care

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
Thinking back to the brown expanse that took centre stage in my garden during the summer drought, and how subsequent rainfall brought it back from the dead, I marvel at the resilience of grass. Continue reading...

Signing off

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
It's time to say goodbye! This is going to be my last blog for a while because I'm preparing for exams, so it's a case of 'something's got to give'. Continue reading...

Slug sex

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It may sound like a bit of a joke, but slugs are the supreme sexual acrobats, and their mating gyrations are sensuous well beyond the limits of their apparently simple slimy bodies. Continue reading...

My five favourite dahlias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There was a time when the dahlia was persona non grata in our gardens and was banished to the vegetable garden where it was grown purely as a cut flower or for competitions. Continue reading...

Gardening disputes between neighbours

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
If you're bearing a grudge against one of your neighbours, one way to exact revenge is plant a leylandii hedge in your garden. Continue reading...

Tomato and potato blight

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
My garden has been so humid; if it wasn't raining then the air was positively dripping. So, I'm amazed at just how little blight I've seen on tomatoes or potatoes. Continue reading...