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Growing pumpkins

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
I have carved pumpkins for my children, and it's a tough job. Pumpkin flesh is too hard for a spoon, and not quite solid enough for a chisel or power tools. Continue reading...
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The winged spindle

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The leaves are 70 shades of scarlet, and they contrast with the extraordinary orange seeds and pink seed-pods. The whole plant makes an eyeball-searing spectacle - almost hallucinogenic. Continue reading...
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Growing gunnera

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I have always found plants with big leaves fascinating. I love hearing raindrops pattering on leaf canopies whilst pushing through an overgrown path... Continue reading...
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Hybrid musk roses

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Please allow me to introduce you to Rosa 'Penelope'. You may have met her before or, if not her, then possibly one of her equally gorgeous sisters. Continue reading...
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Growing alliums: best varieties

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Looking at the bulb catalogue that is sitting on my desk as I write, I see that there are no fewer than one hundred and sixty one varieties of allium. Continue reading...
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Garden birds and poppies

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
If you look closely you notice that many [poppy seedheads] are full of little holes, which make them look quite spooky and skull-like. Continue reading...
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Starting a veg patch

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Grow & eat
My elder son Archie made his first vegetable garden this year, in the back garden of a slightly scummy, student infested house in deepest Peckham. Continue reading...
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Growing eryngiums

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I love eryngiums: they are about the only plants that manage to be architectural, delicate, pretty and slightly dangerous. Continue reading...
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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Gardeners' musings
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is running this week and I have been lucky enough to get a quick preview prior to judging today. Continue reading...
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Growing sweet peas

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The sweet pea is a British favourite; not quite as popular as the rose but definitely up there in the top five. Continue reading...
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