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Build me up buttercup

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
For me, buttercups will always be a reminder of early summer, of lush young grass and slightly debauched picnics. Continue reading...
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One for the woad

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
When I was at school we used to sing a song (to the tune of Men of Harlech) which went "Tramp up Snowdon, with our woad on. Never mind if we get rained or snowed on!" Continue reading...
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Cow parsley

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Cow parsley is a pretty biennial native plant that scatters itself along roadsides and hedgerows. Continue reading...
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Nectaroscordum of the gods

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
While I'm always smitten by the spherical flowers of most alliums [...] I'm particularly fond of the greater subtlety of nectaroscordum. Continue reading...
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Look at your bulbs

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
One of the most important jobs at this time of year [...] can be done very easily wearing quite inappropriate footwear and clutching a glass of something. Continue reading...
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Cherry blossom

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The country is awash with cherry blossom. From wild cherries in spinneys to extravagant garden displays. Continue reading...
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Primulas

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I got a very lovely surprise in the post this week. Not chocolate, [...] not riches beyond compare, [...] but lots of small packets of seed. Continue reading...
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Browsing botanic gardens

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
I don't often get to go and visit gardens. This is due to a combination of inertia and the appeal of being in my own garden, rather than somebody else's. Continue reading...
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Frightful forsythia

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Spring is in the air. Birds are tweeting. Comfortable nests are being flung together [...] There is however one big fat buzzing fly in the ointment. Continue reading...
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Pollen

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
We were sitting in my in-laws' kitchen, when suddenly it seemed that a great cloud of smoke blew across the garden... Continue reading...
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