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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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Garden wildlife

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
This garden teems with wildlife [...] we have birds a-go-go, the odd hedgehog and there is a grass snake in my compost heap that once sent a friend of mine into a gibbering swoon. Continue reading...
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Carnivorous plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 September 2010 at 16:47
To small boys the fact that [the Venus fly trap] cannot devour live chickens or younger sisters will always be a disappointment. Continue reading...
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My five favourite dahlias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There was a time when the dahlia was persona non grata in our gardens and was banished to the vegetable garden where it was grown purely as a cut flower or for competitions. Continue reading...
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Gardening mistakes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
It is a good moment to look back on the triumphs and disasters in our gardens and to make notes so that we do not make the same mistakes again. Continue reading...
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