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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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Local plants (for local people)

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
In last week's Observer Magazine, Dan Pearson wrote about collecting berries from hedgerows near him, so he could grow plants with local provenance. Continue reading...
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Growing cyclamen

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
This year there seems to be a lot of grey mould lurking about on cyclamen plants. Each time I make my purchases, I spend a good few minutes checking around the base of the leaves... Continue reading...
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Five plants for Christmas gifts

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[...] if you don't mind not being able to actually tear the shiny paper from your presents on 25th December, then a promissory note of a plant come springtime is a great gift idea. Continue reading...
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Stinky plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
There are some plants which everyone agrees smell bad. The titan arum and the dragon arum both smell like rotting corpses when in flower, to attract pollinating flies. Continue reading...
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