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Looking ahead to spring

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
20 September 2013 at 10:56
As the honeysuckle flowers become berries and the herbaceous plants fade, my spring-flowering plants are stepping up a gear. Continue reading...
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Cooking elderberries

By Kate Bradbury in Grow & eat
13 September 2013 at 09:27
The elder trees near me are bursting with berries. There are recipes online for elderberry jelly and elderberry dumplings, but I think I’ll bake a pie. Continue reading...
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Sowing hollyhocks

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
09 September 2013 at 13:41
I love hollyhock spires in late summer, and watching the last of the year’s bees pollinating them. They also produce masses of seeds and are very easy to grow. Continue reading...
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The joy of compost

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
30 August 2013 at 10:26
I love Monty’s enthusiasm for compost – it comes across as a genuine, heartfelt passion for all things rotting. Continue reading...
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Growing teasels

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
23 August 2013 at 11:46
...if a single plant can be a home for wildlife, then the fuller’s teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, is a high-rise tower block. Continue reading...
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Homes for wildlife at Heligan

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
13 August 2013 at 17:43
In Cornwall I visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan. It's one of my favourite gardens to visit. Continue reading...
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Gardens for wildlife

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
08 August 2013 at 12:12
I’m on holiday in Cornwall, staying in a cottage in a village near Padstow. The sun has shone for most of the week and I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden. Continue reading...
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RSPB Giving Nature a Home

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
02 August 2013 at 15:32
The Giving Nature a Home campaign aims to encourage gardeners to create better wildlife habitats in their gardens. Continue reading...
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Big Butterfly Count

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
26 July 2013 at 10:21
Last year was the worst year on record for UK butterflies, as numbers of nearly all species reached record lows. Butterflies need warm, sunny weather... Continue reading...
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Gardening makes you happy

By Kate Bradbury in Gardeners' musings
18 July 2013 at 10:37
It’s official: we gardeners are a happy bunch. A new survey reveals that 80 per cent of gardeners are satisfied with their lives... Continue reading...
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