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Plants for perfume

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Christmas is fast approaching, and perfume houses will soon be tempting us to buy fragrances for our nearest and dearest. Continue reading...
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Growing herbs

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There are some people whose names are so easily connected with what they do that they don't need surnames, such as Madonna, Topol or Rasputin. Continue reading...
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Bedding plants

By Adam Pasco in Plants
More gardeners choose pansies and violas as their favourite bedding plant than any other flower. Continue reading...
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The field maple

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A smallish tree reaching only about 20m tall, the field maple has a bark as fissured as the face of W.H. Auden, with a slightly corky texture. Continue reading...
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Memorial rose

By Adam Pasco in Plants
The rose is our most popular flower, and rightly so. A single rose bud captures perfection, slowly opening to celebrate nature at its very best. Continue reading...
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Green manure

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Green manures are the perfect organic fertiliser. They improve soil structure, suppress weeds and return nutrients to the soil. Continue reading...
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Carnivorous plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 September 2010 at 16:47
To small boys the fact that [the Venus fly trap] cannot devour live chickens or younger sisters will always be a disappointment. Continue reading...
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My five favourite dahlias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There was a time when the dahlia was persona non grata in our gardens and was banished to the vegetable garden where it was grown purely as a cut flower or for competitions. Continue reading...
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Gardening mistakes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
It is a good moment to look back on the triumphs and disasters in our gardens and to make notes so that we do not make the same mistakes again. Continue reading...
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Planting spring bulbs

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Spring bulbs don't just provide us with a burst of colour to remind us that summer is on its way. They provide insects with nectar, which is essential for feeding them up again... Continue reading...
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