Hummingbird hawkmoths and bumblebees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Each afternoon... we were visited by hummingbird hawkmoths at the honeysuckle flowers. But it took me a few days to realize the bumblebees were different. Continue reading...
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Moles and molehills

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I don't believe it. I am incandescent with spluttering indignation. For the first time ever a molehill has appeared on my lawn. Continue reading...
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Growing buddleja for butterflies

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
I'm always looking to make my garden more appealing to wildlife, so I've been delighted by the number of peacock butterflies around this summer. Continue reading...
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Allotment successes

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I've had some cracking crops this year, some are tried and tested varieties that I know are good and reliable, while some vegetable varieties are completely new to me. Continue reading...
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Ants in the garden

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
I've employed a home-grown method to reducing the number of ants in my garden. As soon as I find an ants nest, I scoop up one of my hungry hens and position her in front of it. Continue reading...
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Japanese knotweed

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
When we moved into our previous house, in Nunhead, there was some small, but well-established growth of Japanese knotweed in the back garden. Continue reading...
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Island gardens

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Suddenly you are confronted with spectacular magnolias, towering cordylines, magnificent tree ferns, a vast Monterey pine and an avenue of gorgeous cinnamon-barked myrtles... Continue reading...
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What's in a name

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
I knew the silly season was in full flow when a list of the UK's Top 10 Vegetable Surnames landed in my intray... Continue reading...
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Allotment hits and misses

By Jane Moore in Allotments
The plot is pretty much reaching its peak around now, and that always strikes me as a good time to take stock. Continue reading...
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Growing tomatoes and tomato blight

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
I grow most of my tomatoes in the greenhouse, as growing them outside increases the risk of them getting tomato blight. Continue reading...
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