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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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Phacelia tanacetifolia

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 July 2012 at 15:50
The plant upon which this happy insect is writhing is Phacelia tanacetifolia or scorpionweed, an annual, which is not only irresistible to bees, but also hoverflies [...] Continue reading...
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Cleavers

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
12 July 2012 at 13:42
I want to complain about Galium aparine, aka cleavers, goose grass or sticky weed. It’s an annual weed endowed with great persistence [...] Continue reading...
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Flowery meadows

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
03 July 2012 at 10:50
The idea of skipping hand in hand through fields of waving daisies and beaming cornflowers, or seeing fields of gently swaying wheat, studded with scarlet poppies, is compelling. Continue reading...
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Growing lupins

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
18 June 2012 at 14:29
The lupin (Lupinus) is a much loved classic English cottage garden flower: not very long lived but pretty easy to grow nonetheless. Continue reading...
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Unpleasant plant smells

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
04 June 2012 at 09:07
[...] one man’s perfume is another man’s stench. My wife, for example, finds the smell of lilies so overpowering, as to be unbearable. Continue reading...
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Growing aquilegias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
21 May 2012 at 10:33
Aquilegias are among my favourite plants, mainly because they are so ridiculously easy to grow. Continue reading...
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Apple blossom

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
08 May 2012 at 16:04
I have been much entertained recently by apple blossom. It seems to be one of the few cheerful things among this world of grey mizzle and universal dreariness [...] Continue reading...
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