The strange case of the wilting wisteria

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
First the leaves looked a bit droopy and exhausted, then they turned crispy and finally fell off, leaving the plant naked and neglected... Continue reading...
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Sir Joseph Banks

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Friday 19th June 2009 was the 189th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential people of the 18th century [...] Sir Joseph Banks. Continue reading...
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Poppies and suchlike

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Everything is beginning to explode into colour. Looking out of my office window there is a sea of pink... Continue reading...
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Gardeners' World Live highlights

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Gardeners' World Live is not, and has no desire to be, like the Chelsea Flower Show. There are no enormously expensive show gardens, no conspicuous champagne consumption and very few people wearing flowery hats. Continue reading...
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The geum

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
If my calculations are right then this is the 100th blog that I've written for gardenersworld.com - a mildly momentous anniversary (thank you, by the way, for reading). Continue reading...
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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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