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Christmas presents for gardeners

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
17 December 2012 at 12:42
Christmas is lurking just around the corner, like a well-oiled middle manager holding a sprig of mistletoe at an office party. Continue reading...
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First frost of the winter

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
03 December 2012 at 14:57
Today we got our first proper frost, so it's time to dig up dahlia tubers - and any tender perennials you have in pots should really have been brought in yesterday. Continue reading...
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Making leaf mould

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
19 November 2012 at 17:12
Once autumn leaves have become soggy and less fun to jump on, do not put them in the bin. It is easy to transform them into rich brown, crumbly compost. Continue reading...
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My favourite miscanthus grasses

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
05 November 2012 at 14:44
Most grasses are in their prime at this time of year, as they tend to flower late and gradually take on their autumn colours. Continue reading...
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Autumn foliage favourites

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
22 October 2012 at 16:31
I have just returned from the Pacific North West. The trees were pleasingly autumnal - or I believe they were, as the rain was quite relentless. Continue reading...
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Picking blackberries

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
08 October 2012 at 15:09
Gathering blackberries is one of the few chances gardeners get to do something hazardous, because blackberries really do not want to be gathered. Continue reading...
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Growing autumn cyclamen

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
24 September 2012 at 10:12
One of the first signs of autumn in this garden is the cyclamen – they are charming little things with flowers that look a bit like the Mekon from Dan Dare. Continue reading...
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Growing yew hedges

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
10 September 2012 at 11:38
People are sometimes scared to plant yew, partly because the berries are poisonous [...] and also because they worry that it will grow too slowly. Continue reading...
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Beekeeping

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Wildlife
27 August 2012 at 15:10
We know a fair bit about bee-friendly plants [...] but I am currently toying with the idea of going one step further and actually getting a hive of bees Continue reading...
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Acca sellowiana

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
13 August 2012 at 11:21
Allow me to introduce you to Acca sellowiana, previously Fejoia sellowiana and known to its close friends as the pineapple guava. Continue reading...
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