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Ash trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The woods around us consist mostly of ash trees, and every autumn we have a few weekends of frantic leaf collecting (particularly frantic around the chicken run). Continue reading...
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Winter aconites

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[The winter aconite] is shorter than its chum the snowdrop but has wider, more interesting leaves that are shaped a bit like baseball mitts. Continue reading...
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Sheep, cattle and grass

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Sheep. It is not often enough that the role of sheep in our landscape is fully acknowledged. Continue reading...
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Preparing gardens for spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The loveliness and gorgeous all-forgiving whiteness has gone and left behind it ... well, a lot of soggy, mucky chaos. Continue reading...
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2011 in the garden

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Rather than pestering you with annoying resolutions which few people outside a hilltop monastery can manage, I will, instead, give you a list of wishes... Continue reading...
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Parsnips

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Before the introduction of the potato to Europe in 1536, the parsnip was a much more mainstream vegetable than it is now. Continue reading...
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Five plants for Christmas gifts

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[...] if you don't mind not being able to actually tear the shiny paper from your presents on 25th December, then a promissory note of a plant come springtime is a great gift idea. Continue reading...
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Gardening with children

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I think it is generally an excellent thing to try and get children to grow stuff - if only so that they understand how plants behave. Continue reading...
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Growing herbs

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There are some people whose names are so easily connected with what they do that they don't need surnames, such as Madonna, Topol or Rasputin. Continue reading...
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The field maple

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A smallish tree reaching only about 20m tall, the field maple has a bark as fissured as the face of W.H. Auden, with a slightly corky texture. Continue reading...
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