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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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'Grow Your Own' Week: Forest gardening

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
29 March 2010 at 10:24
It is my wife who holds sway over the kitchen garden and who dictates what, why and when: I just do what I am told. Continue reading...
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RHS Wisley

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
One if the best places at this time of year is the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley in Surrey... Continue reading...
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Garden jobs for spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I am always in a panic at this time of year - there are so many things that need to be done. All before the end of March. So, the time has come to make a list. Continue reading...
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The National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Last week marked the beginning of a very important part of the gardening year. It was the official launch of the National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book. Continue reading...
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Apple trees: 'Cox's Orange Pippin'

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
In the summer of 1825 Mrs Cox was sitting in the garden - probably enjoying the sun and, perhaps embroidering a sampler or engaged in some similar 19th Century pursuit... Continue reading...
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Summer flowers: a personal Top 10

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I don't know about you lot but I'm extremely bored of snow, frost and cold, and I need something distinctly unwintery to lift my spirits. Continue reading...
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Sharing gardens and vegetable plots

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Many people will have decided that the time has come to start growing their own vegetables [...] Be warned: it is an addictive hobby. Continue reading...
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