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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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Introducing Parrotia persica

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Do you know a tree called Parrotia persica? At this time of year it is a light among the gloom. Continue reading...
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Snowdrop season

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
...there is something particularly gorgeous about the intricate and delicate tracery to be found beneath the skirts of a snowdrop. Continue reading...
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The Leyland cypress

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Everybody knows a leylandii hedge: every street in every town all over the land has one. Continue reading...
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Charles Darwin and worms

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Darwin kept worms in tanks in his study and spent many hours observing their behavior, assessing their intelligence and measuring their sensitivity to heat, cold and light. Continue reading...
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Garden photography

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The ground is too hard and the east wind too ticklish for relaxed gardening, but there is still great pleasure to be had from looking at and photographing gardens. Continue reading...
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