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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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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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