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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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...

Horse chestnut trees

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I've always loved horse chestnut trees and fondly remember a specimen near the house where I grew up... Continue reading...

Seed catalogues

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
I know what I like, and which varieties have performed well for me in the past, so should I go for those reliable favourites or try something new? Continue reading...

Growing potatoes and broad beans

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
... I am just about to sow broad beans. This will be the first time I've grown them in the back garden, which I hope will mean I can keep on top of any blackly infestations ... Continue reading...

Harlequin ladybirds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We are being invaded. I had not seen many harlequin ladybirds in my garden this year, but a few weeks ago I noticed that the larvae were climbing over the hedge from next door, in droves... Continue reading...