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Growing bamboo

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Bamboos can be divided into lectomorphs (which do run) and pachymorphs (which tend to clump). Both forms have specific uses and benefits. Continue reading...
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Growing sweet peas from seed

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Brighter days and lighter evenings are really cheering me up, as is the anticipation of borders packed with sunflowers and sweet peas this summer. Continue reading...
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Bamboo

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I have used [bamboos] as screens, specimens in pots and in innumerable planting schemes. However, they are mere minnows compared to some of the Asian varieties that grow to 20m high... Continue reading...
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Growing sunflowers

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
We're challenging you to grow the world's tallest sunflower. The current world record for the tallest flower stands at 8.03m, and is held by German flight attendant Hans Peter Schiffer... Continue reading...
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Oak trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I always get a slight frisson looking at a strapping young tree that I once planted as an insubstantial whip. Continue reading...
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Growing primulas

By Adam Pasco in Plants
There's nothing wrong with instant gratification. Who can resist the appeal of primulas at this time of year? Certainly not me. Continue reading...
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Ash trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The woods around us consist mostly of ash trees, and every autumn we have a few weekends of frantic leaf collecting (particularly frantic around the chicken run). Continue reading...
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Winter aconites

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[The winter aconite] is shorter than its chum the snowdrop but has wider, more interesting leaves that are shaped a bit like baseball mitts. Continue reading...
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Growing summer bulbs

By Adam Pasco in Plants
It won't be long before daffodils, tulips and hyacinths signal the arrival of spring, but if we want summer and autumn to provide similar displays we have to start planning and planting now. Continue reading...
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Snowdrops

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Although I grow snowdrops in my own garden, and I admire their short-lived display - most welcome at the coldest time of year - they don't really rock my boat. Continue reading...
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