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Plum trees

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
... the flavour and variety [of British plums] is superior to any from abroad, they freeze well, they're incredibly versatile and our consumption of them helps to support UK farmers. Continue reading...
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Western conifer seed-bug

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[...] it has a distinctive white zig-zag mark across its middle and, with its broad hind legs, it looks as if it's wearing flared trousers. Continue reading...
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The ornamental cabbage

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
It's easy to be sniffy about the ornamental cabbage. It is quite a strange concept; an odd, Frankensteinish amalgam of vegetable and bedding plant. Continue reading...
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Most hated plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
We all have our plant prejudices. I conducted a poll in the office today to discover the 'most hated plant' of the Gardeners' World magazine and web teams. Continue reading...
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Garden trees: tornado damage

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
[...] the other day a tornado arrived (yes, a real tornado) and I sat in the bay window, gawping silently. It was like watching two minutes of a particularly scary Hollywood film. Continue reading...
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Planting bulbs late

By Adam Pasco in Plants
The same thing happens every year. I buy my bulbs in good time, and then don't make time to plant them! I've got a huge bag of tulips and other bulbs to be planted... Continue reading...
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Allotments: little and often

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
So why do some people fail at allotments while others succeed? The answer could have as much to do with genetic make-up as it does with horticultural aptitude... Continue reading...
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Dung-flies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[...] suddenly my eye is caught by a flick of yellow. Perched on the end of a leaf is a dung-fly. Continue reading...
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Crab apple trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
This time of year the crab apples are at their most impressive: the trees are laden with little yellow or red apples that hang on until long after the last leaves have fallen. Continue reading...
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Growing orchids

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
I'm not sure I like moth orchids. They're pretty to look at when in flower, but a bit of a pain to care for if you want them to bloom again. Continue reading...
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