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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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Gardening tools

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
There are certain tools without which I cannot cope and others which I hardly ever use. Among my favourites are... Continue reading...
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Moles revisited

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
[...] the appearance of a sort of open cast mine in the middle of one of my borders really didn't matter that much. Continue reading...
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The ornamental cabbage

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
It's easy to be sniffy about the ornamental cabbage. It is quite a strange concept; an odd, Frankensteinish amalgam of vegetable and bedding plant. Continue reading...
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Crab apple trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
This time of year the crab apples are at their most impressive: the trees are laden with little yellow or red apples that hang on until long after the last leaves have fallen. Continue reading...
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Boston ivy and Virginia creeper

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
My favourite plant at this time of year is a magnificent Parthenocissus that covers an old building nearby... Continue reading...
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Annual climbers

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
...As the name [morning glory] suggests, they have mostly faded away by lunchtime although, at this time of year, they last much longer. Continue reading...
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