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Growing bamboo

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Bamboos can be divided into lectomorphs (which do run) and pachymorphs (which tend to clump). Both forms have specific uses and benefits. Continue reading...
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Bamboo

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I have used [bamboos] as screens, specimens in pots and in innumerable planting schemes. However, they are mere minnows compared to some of the Asian varieties that grow to 20m high... Continue reading...
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Oak trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I always get a slight frisson looking at a strapping young tree that I once planted as an insubstantial whip. Continue reading...
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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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