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An orgy of ants

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The nuptial flight of ants is one of those phenomena that, if you are inside it, is really very spectacular. Continue reading...
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Heather

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Heather in Scotland has always drawn me; I have childhood memories of staying with my grandparents and running at full tilt down hills, bouncing from one springy tuft to another... Continue reading...
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Bindweed

By Adam Pasco in Gardeners' musings
We recently asked Gardeners' World website and magazine readers around the UK to nominate their worst weed. One weed, it seems, crops up everywhere... Continue reading...
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Harvesters and Grazers

By Jane Moore in Allotments
Allotmenteers fall into two camps, I've decided, after closely observing patterns of behaviour on our site... Continue reading...
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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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