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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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Garden bonfires: ashes to ashes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Everybody loves a bonfire: it's one of those autumn things. Smoke that is both acrid and nut sweet, flames lighting up the gloom... Continue reading...
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A nice chrysanthemum

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
What is it with the chrysanthemum? Not that long ago they were a stalwart of any gardener's autumn arsenal... Continue reading...
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Liquidambar: plant this tree

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There are many reasons you should grow Liquidambar styraciflua (sorry if I'm sounding a bit bossy)... Continue reading...
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To chop or not to chop?

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Do you have an autumn clear-up in your garden? Do you cut down all your herbaceous stuff so that everything is tidy for the winter or do you leave everything until the new year? Continue reading...
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My first garden

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Do you remember the first plant you ever grew in your own garden? Continue reading...
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Gardening blogs of the world

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
There are a lot of gardening blogs out there, so I thought it would be interesting to take you on a short tour of some that might be of interest. Continue reading...
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Bonsai trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
The world of gardening overflows with obsessions, such as giant vegetables, lawns, compost, cacti and many others. Continue reading...
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