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Pollen beetles and sweet peas

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
Although pollen beetles are no great pest, they can nibble the edges of unopened flowers. I've seen a few of them about, but for the first time, I've not had to shake bunches of sweet peas to remove whole families... Continue reading...
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Jersey Tiger moths

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It's eagerness to fly is probably linked to the fact that it is unlikely to be eaten by predators - its bright colours are a warning of poisonous and distasteful chemicals inside its body... Continue reading...
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Future Gardens and Butterfly World

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Every verge, bank and fence line is now alive with colour. And where flowers grow, wildlife follows and there are huge numbers of happily buzzing bees and flighty butterflies... Continue reading...
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The world's favourite rose

By Adam Pasco in Plants
How could anyone choose the world's favourite rose? Well, they have! And the winner is one of my all-time favourites... Continue reading...
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Courgettes and marrows

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I always worry about the allotment when I go on holiday. Will it all dry out or get a thorough soaking? Continue reading...
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Raspberry beetle

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
This has definitely been a year of grotty raspberries. The raspberry beetle, Byturus tormentosus, is to blame. Affected berries have telltale dry, grey-brown patches around the top edges. Continue reading...
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Tree halos

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A short while ago I was driving past Peckham Rye, when my eye was caught by a series of white halos on the grass under some of the trees... Continue reading...
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Big plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I love big plants. Not big pants. Plants. [...] herbaceous plants that go from nothing to gigantic in the space of a few weeks. Continue reading...
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Tender succulents

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Although it's been a mixed summer weather-wise, I've still given my collection of succulent plants a 'holiday' outside... Continue reading...
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Potato scab

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I've never had a problem with potato scab before, but this year it's affected my precious Charlottes, particularly at one end of the bed. Continue reading...
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