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Plants for autumn interest

By Adam Pasco in Plants
30 September 2013 at 14:14
As we move into autumn, and the crescendo of vibrant colour from pots, baskets, bedding and hardy perennials fades away, it's all too easy to think the garden is shutting up shop for the year. Far from it! Continue reading...
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Garden spiders

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
27 September 2013 at 16:59
It’s garden spider time. Large, dew-covered webs hang between shrubs and paths in my garden, and fat mottled spiders sit on them, moodily waiting for prey. Continue reading...
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Red kites

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
25 September 2013 at 14:35
During the late 20th century, the red kite become a byword for catastrophic raptor decline in England. Continue reading...
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Five daffodils to grow

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
23 September 2013 at 14:58
...here are my five favourite daffodils - at the moment. I do, of course, reserve the right to change my mind at a moment’s notice. Continue reading...
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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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Getting the better of slugs and snails

By Pippa Greenwood in Gardeners' musings
17 September 2013 at 14:29
Now is the time of year when many molluscs produce eggs. And these will hatch into the next generation of veggie-munching, fury-inducing pests. Continue reading...
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Putting hardy gerberas to the test

By Adam Pasco in Plants
17 September 2013 at 10:33
I was somewhat sceptical when I first heard about garvineas – a new range of gerberas that are said to be hardy perennials. But, as they say, the proof of the pudding... 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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Silver-washed fritillary

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
12 September 2013 at 10:22
Overgrown urban gardens take a while to attract new wildlife, so I wasn't expecting anything very surprising – maybe some hoverflies and harlequin ladybirds. How wrong I was. 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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