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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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To spray, or not to spray?

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Everybody is organic, or trying to be. I am mostly organic. I realise that some of my more zealous fellow gardeners might think that isn't really good enough... Continue reading...
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Wilting wisteria: an update

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A few months ago I wrote about the annoying loss of my wisteria that suddenly turned up its toes... Continue reading...
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My garden

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Gardeners' World did a bit of filming in my garden last year [...] I thought it would be interesting to revisit the bit of planting I redid for their benefit to see how it is getting on a year or so later... Continue reading...
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Moles and molehills

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I don't believe it. I am incandescent with spluttering indignation. For the first time ever a molehill has appeared on my lawn. Continue reading...
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Island gardens

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Suddenly you are confronted with spectacular magnolias, towering cordylines, magnificent tree ferns, a vast Monterey pine and an avenue of gorgeous cinnamon-barked myrtles... Continue reading...
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Heather

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Heather in Scotland has always drawn me; I have childhood memories of staying with my grandparents and running at full tilt down hills, bouncing from one springy tuft to another... Continue reading...
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Future Gardens and Butterfly World

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Every verge, bank and fence line is now alive with colour. And where flowers grow, wildlife follows and there are huge numbers of happily buzzing bees and flighty butterflies... Continue reading...
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