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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Dandelions

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...
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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...
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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...
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Speckled wood butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
28 April 2010 at 11:45
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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