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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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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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