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Collecting prickly seeds

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:00
I have been collecting seeds of Eryngium giganteum - this is easier said than done, as the seeds are needle sharp Continue reading...
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Friend or foe?

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
27 August 2013 at 16:34
Those of you who have attended BBC Gardeners' World Live at the NEC, Birmingham in the last few years may well have an advantage in the following quiz. Continue reading...
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Growing irises

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
12 August 2013 at 09:51
Cast your mind back to early June. You'll remember the magnificence of bearded Irises with their full-blown flowers as stately as galleons. Continue reading...
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Viburnum leaf beetle

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
29 July 2013 at 13:33
Do you recognise this? If you grow viburnums, you may well have suffered at the hands of this little grub. It is the offspring of the viburnum leaf beetle... Continue reading...
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Growing rosebay willowherb

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
15 July 2013 at 11:48
Rosebay willowherb is not, as you could easily imagine, a pouting starlet on the brink of a promising career in Eastenders, but a weed... Continue reading...
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Geranium 'Bill Wallis'

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
01 July 2013 at 11:28
I really do not know how I first acquired Geranium ‘Bill Wallis’. All I know is that it was one of the first plants we ever put in our garden, and it is still there. Continue reading...
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Plants for shade

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
17 June 2013 at 11:41
At the extravaganza that was BBC Gardeners' World Live last week, my friend Joe Swift gave a couple of jolly talks about shade-loving plants. Continue reading...
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Growing cow parsley

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
03 June 2013 at 13:42
I made the mistake, many years ago, of thinking that cow parsley was so lovely that I planted it (or at least shook some seed around) in my garden. Continue reading...
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Rain-damaged plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
28 May 2013 at 12:28
I returned home on Thursday just in time for temperatures below 10ºC and battering rains. The catmint had been bashed about something chronic by the weather... Continue reading...
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Cuckoo flower

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
07 May 2013 at 11:19
Sometimes the best things are the subtle things. A little rustle of wind through a tree, the distant knock-knocking of a thrush beating seven bells out of a snail... Continue reading...
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