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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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Muntjac deer

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
Yesterday I was wandering back from the compost heap minding my own business when there was rustling in the undergrowth and out shot ... a muntjac. Harrumph. Continue reading...
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Christmas trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Last year we made a momentous decision. After many years of buying real Christmas trees to decorate our home over the festive period, we decided to buy a fake one. Continue reading...
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Films for gardeners

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Sometimes it's OK to say "hang it all" to the garden and spend the day bundled up in the warm, in front of the television. Continue reading...
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Evergreen trees: the holm oak

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Evergreen trees and shrubs are tricky. They are a very important part of our gardens at this time of year, but they need to be used with great care and a light touch. Continue reading...
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Christmas list: gardening gifts

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
It is December (already) and Christmas is lurking around the corner like a tinsel clad, benevolent bogeyman, dripping with cranberry sauce and liqueur chocolates. Continue reading...
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Plant hunters

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
...there's something about plants that makes people bubble and froth with excitement. This can be lost on a great deal of the population who can't understand what all the fuss is about... Continue reading...
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