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Growing honeysuckle

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
10 August 2012 at 16:44
Honeysuckles shouldn’t be tricky plants to grow, but they’re often planted in the wrong place, making them susceptible to downy mildew and aphids. Continue reading...
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Wet weather and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
03 August 2012 at 10:19
Last week I wrote that populations of slugs and snails have boomed this year, but how has other wildlife fared? Continue reading...
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Snails

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
27 July 2012 at 10:33
In a normal year, I like snails. They don't trouble me as much as they seem to trouble other gardeners and I don't grow hostas. Continue reading...
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Swifts

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
20 July 2012 at 10:24
I’ve fallen in love with swifts this year. I don’t know what’s taken me so long, but now, every time I hear a screeching in the sky, my heart does a little dance. Continue reading...
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Big Butterfly Count

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
12 July 2012 at 13:40
How many butterflies have you seen in your garden this year? I’ll hazard a guess: not many. Continue reading...
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Lawns and wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
06 July 2012 at 08:05
I often hear people complain that a closely clipped lawn has no value to wildlife. Continue reading...
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Baby blue tits

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
29 June 2012 at 10:12
I was clearing dead plants from my shed’s green roof when I heard the call of baby blue tits... Continue reading...
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Aphids and their predators

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
22 June 2012 at 10:17
For the last week I have mainly been playing with aphids and their predators. It all started when I did a bit of weeding at the allotment... Continue reading...
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Scent and memory

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
15 June 2012 at 11:00
Walking around the RHS Plant Marquee at Gardeners' World Live this week brought back many childhood memories. Continue reading...
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Plants for a green roof

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
08 June 2012 at 07:12
When I look at my green roof, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry [...] it looks very lush and green, but I wish I’d never planted those red campions. Continue reading...
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