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The ladybird poppy

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
I love the way plants hold associations with places and key events in your life. Some ... I grow in my garden as a fond reminder of the childhood associations I have with them... Continue reading...
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The mock orange

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
Although the planting in my garden is predominantly herbaceous, I will always have room for the begetter of that fabulous scent: the philadelphus, or mock orange. Continue reading...
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Plant supports

By Adam Pasco in Plants
In the past two-three weeks my perennial plants have soared upwards, and being preoccupied with other parts of the garden I took my eye off the ball. Continue reading...
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Growing alliums

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I couldn't get through the winter without snowdrops, and the prospect of daffodils, heralding spring. But right now, in May, alliums are centre stage. Continue reading...
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Growing wisteria in a pot

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I've been training my wisteria as a standard plant in a large terracotta pot. It was a bit of an experiment really, as I bought a wisteria but then couldn't find the right home for it. Continue reading...
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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
30 April 2010 at 14:42
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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