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Crab apple trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
This time of year the crab apples are at their most impressive: the trees are laden with little yellow or red apples that hang on until long after the last leaves have fallen. Continue reading...
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Growing orchids

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
I'm not sure I like moth orchids. They're pretty to look at when in flower, but a bit of a pain to care for if you want them to bloom again. Continue reading...
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Horse chestnut trees

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
I've always loved horse chestnut trees and fondly remember a specimen near the house where I grew up... Continue reading...
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Boston ivy and Virginia creeper

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
My favourite plant at this time of year is a magnificent Parthenocissus that covers an old building nearby... Continue reading...
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Chrysanthemums

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Simply mentioning their name can provoke a rather snooty look of disdain. Chrysanths are very popular, but often considered brash and 'common'... Continue reading...
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Annual climbers

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
...As the name [morning glory] suggests, they have mostly faded away by lunchtime although, at this time of year, they last much longer. Continue reading...
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Growing daffodils

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
I've been on a bit of a bulb-buying frenzy lately, and have more bags of narcissus than I know what to do with... Continue reading...
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National Conifer Week

By Adam Pasco in Plants
I find it surprising that while most of us love seasonal colour in our gardens, conifers don't feature more highly on the shopping list. After all, they deliver on so many counts... Continue reading...
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Cosmos

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Cosmos was one of the first bedding plants I ever grew from seed, and still remains a favourite. It provides height to displays with an airiness few other plants can match... Continue reading...
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Wilting wisteria: an update

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
A few months ago I wrote about the annoying loss of my wisteria that suddenly turned up its toes... Continue reading...
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