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Hibernating wasps

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It's so easy to disturb hibernating insects during winter tidying. The thing to remember is not to rouse them before their time, or they'll surely perish. Continue reading...
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Introducing Parrotia persica

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Do you know a tree called Parrotia persica? At this time of year it is a light among the gloom. Continue reading...
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Scented bulbs

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Breathe deeply as you enter my sitting room this month and you'll take in the powerful, almost intoxicating fragrance of paper-white narcissi. Continue reading...
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Pecked by pigeons

By Jane Moore in Allotments
After my shame-faced confession of last week, I thought I'd better get up the plot and see how everything was doing. Continue reading...
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Hibernating insects

By Pippa Greenwood in Wildlife
I felt like the man on the moon looking down on earth and witnessing a catastrophe. Continue reading...
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Bug boxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I've always been rather sceptical about the benefits of bug boxes, ladybird and lacewing hotels... Continue reading...
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Snowdrop season

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
...there is something particularly gorgeous about the intricate and delicate tracery to be found beneath the skirts of a snowdrop. Continue reading...
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Big Garden Birdwatch 2009

By Adam Pasco in Wildlife
When it's cold outside, and none of the family offer to join me in the garden for a spot of tidying up, it's nice having the company of some feathered friends instead. Continue reading...
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Distractions from gardening

By Jane Moore in Allotments
I have a confession to make: I haven't been up to the plot for a week or so and, what's more I can't see me getting up there for the next week or two either... Continue reading...
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Hens in the vegetable patch

By Pippa Greenwood in Grow & eat
Some months ago we took the plunge and bought some hens. The original, elderly hens we've had for years are lovely but they don’t lay eggs anymore. Continue reading...
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