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Gardening books: holiday reading

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
[...] a holiday is not really a proper holiday without a couple of books to while away moments of idleness. May I suggest a couple of excellent garden-related books for your consideration? Continue reading...
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Creating a pond

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The important thing about making natural ponds [...] is to make sure they look natural and not like puddles stranded in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading...
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Trees for small gardens 2

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The other day there was a tweet from Gardeners' World regarding a post I wrote on this blog a couple of years ago, about my top five trees for small gardens. Continue reading...
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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Today begins the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which is held in the grounds of one of the very finest royal palaces, resonant with history. It is also the biggest flower show in the world. Continue reading...
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Days out for gardeners

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
[...] playing around the flouncing skirts of the big RHS Shows are lots of smaller events for garden lovers, and there will absolutely, definitely be something local to you. Continue reading...
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The mock orange

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Although the planting in my garden is predominantly herbaceous, I will always have room for the begetter of that fabulous scent: the philadelphus, or mock orange. Continue reading...
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
It's Chelsea Flower Show this week: the biggest and most famous show in the world. The tickets sold out very early but for those of you lucky enough to be going here are a few tips - both practical and aesthetic. Continue reading...
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Small trees as hedging plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[...] It is an example of a 'husband and wife tree'. This is quite a well-documented phenomenon, which can occur when trees are planted very close together, and grow up entwined. Continue reading...
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Magnolias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A week or so ago I was in Cornwall, yesterday in London and therefore in a perfect position to watch the march of the magnolia. Continue reading...
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Tree buds in spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I thought it might be a mildly entertaining diversion to write about the moment just before blooming [...] Trees in bud. Continue reading...
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