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Growing herbs

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There are some people whose names are so easily connected with what they do that they don't need surnames, such as Madonna, Topol or Rasputin. Continue reading...

Homes for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
I've been trying to attract bumblebees to nest in my garden for years. My bumblebee nester has made a great home for spiders, but no bumblebees have ever displayed interest. Continue reading...

Growing leeks

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Most of my favourite crops have performed extremely well, with good yields of delicious, fat vegetables. But, I have to admit, the leeks have been very disappointing. Continue reading...

Bedding plants

By Adam Pasco in Plants
More gardeners choose pansies and violas as their favourite bedding plant than any other flower. Continue reading...

Garden birds and Feed the Birds Day

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
We're getting to that point in the year when energy-rich food makes all the difference to small birds surviving winter. There's much less natural food available... Continue reading...

Holiday wildlife

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I am not, you might have guessed, in East Dulwich. I am in the village of Crofty, on the north side of the Gower Peninsula, overlooking the Loughor Estuary. Continue reading...
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The field maple

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A smallish tree reaching only about 20m tall, the field maple has a bark as fissured as the face of W.H. Auden, with a slightly corky texture. Continue reading...

Frogs, ponds and winterkill

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Two feral pigeons have taken to having a daily bath in my pond. I doubt this will please my frogs, but there's no danger of any ice forming if they continue splashing about in it. Continue reading...

Growing asparagus

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
A couple of years ago I finally took the plunge and planted an asparagus bed. Its a crop I'd never appreciated until a few years ago, but now I love it. Continue reading...

Memorial rose

By Adam Pasco in Plants
The rose is our most popular flower, and rightly so. A single rose bud captures perfection, slowly opening to celebrate nature at its very best. Continue reading...