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Surviving the Chelsea Flower Show

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
I love Chelsea, in spite of the sore shoulders I get from carrying press releases, the aching knees from traipsing around all day and the weird cough that comes on in the middle of the Floral Marquee. Continue reading...

Growing alliums

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I couldn't get through the winter without snowdrops, and the prospect of daffodils, heralding spring. But right now, in May, alliums are centre stage. Continue reading...

Growing wisteria in a pot

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I've been training my wisteria as a standard plant in a large terracotta pot. It was a bit of an experiment really, as I bought a wisteria but then couldn't find the right home for it. Continue reading...

Growing blackberries

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
Like a good perfume, a distinct flavour with strong associations can transport you right back to a different place - suddenly it's not an over-cast, chilly May, it's a warm, end of summer day. Continue reading...

Squirrels and skulls

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Along with the fox skulls nailed to the shed and the flag pole, and a horned sheep skull on the guinea-pig hutch, we have a horse skull just outside the back door. And very decorative it looks too. Continue reading...

Small trees as hedging plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[...] It is an example of a 'husband and wife tree'. This is quite a well-documented phenomenon, which can occur when trees are planted very close together, and grow up entwined. Continue reading...

Alpine strawberries

By Lila Das Gupta in Grow & eat
Alpine strawberries are exquisite in taste, and although much smaller, they are ever-bearers, which means they go fruiting until the first frosts... Continue reading...


By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I'm not ashamed to admit this: I like dandelions. I think their flowers are beautiful, their leaves and form attractive [...] and the hoverflies seem to like them too. Continue reading...

Fragrant plants

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
Walking through my garden this week I was struck by its freshness following a shower. Doesn't rain transform the colour and vigour of plants in a way simply watering by hand never can? Continue reading...

Plants for bees

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
The problem for bees is that their favourite food plants are often considered to be 'weeds'. They don't go for highly bred double-flowered dahlias, no matter how good they look in our borders. Continue reading...