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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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