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Small trees as hedging plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
[...] It is an example of a 'husband and wife tree'. This is quite a well-documented phenomenon, which can occur when trees are planted very close together, and grow up entwined. Continue reading...
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Plants for bees

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
The problem for bees is that their favourite food plants are often considered to be 'weeds'. They don't go for highly bred double-flowered dahlias, no matter how good they look in our borders. Continue reading...
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Magnolias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A week or so ago I was in Cornwall, yesterday in London and therefore in a perfect position to watch the march of the magnolia. Continue reading...
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Tree buds in spring

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I thought it might be a mildly entertaining diversion to write about the moment just before blooming [...] Trees in bud. Continue reading...
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Daffodil care

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
This year, it seems spring is three whole weeks late. But it is, finally, in full swing: hundreds of daffodils planted alongside my drive are in glorious bloom. Continue reading...
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Spring blossom on apple trees

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Development seems slower this year, but it's amazing how a few days of warm weather brings everything on. Continue reading...
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Pond plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Be Plant Wise, a government campaign to halt the spread of non-native, invasive pond plant species in our ponds, streams and rivers, was launched this week. Continue reading...
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Patio climbers

By Adam Pasco in Plants
22 February 2010 at 14:36
Last summer I discovered a twining, tender climber called Lophospermum, or lofos. I bought two varieties, 'Burgundy Falls' and 'Summer Cream', as plug plants from a mail-order seed company. Continue reading...
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Most loved plants

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Why is it that we have no trouble expressing our dislikes, but when it comes to things we love, we're more reticent? Continue reading...
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Summer flowers: a personal Top 10

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I don't know about you lot but I'm extremely bored of snow, frost and cold, and I need something distinctly unwintery to lift my spirits. Continue reading...
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