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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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Designing a new garden

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I've been busy redesigning a great chunk of my garden. It's an important area, overlooked by our kitchen and bedroom windows so it's the first thing I see every morning when I stagger out of bed. Continue reading...
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Lifting and dividing

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Casting an eye over my borders recently, I noticed that some of my plants were badly in need of splitting. Continue reading...
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Gardening and cigarette cards

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I've found an interesting artefact, a remnant of a time long gone. Lurking in a cupboard I discovered an old album of Cigarette Cards assembled by my father in 1939. Continue reading...
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Winter iris

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
One of the very earliest of flowering bulbs in many gardens is Iris reticulata, which is flowering away right now. Continue reading...
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Manure

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
...if you want the satisfaction (and smell) of a bit of real muck, then here are some of your options... Continue reading...
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Snowed in

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
...everything looks all white and clean and beautiful and the garden has no visible imperfections. Continue reading...
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