Pollen beetles and sweet peas

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
Although pollen beetles are no great pest, they can nibble the edges of unopened flowers. I've seen a few of them about, but for the first time, I've not had to shake bunches of sweet peas to remove whole families... Continue reading...
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The world's favourite rose

By Adam Pasco in Plants
How could anyone choose the world's favourite rose? Well, they have! And the winner is one of my all-time favourites... Continue reading...
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Big plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
I love big plants. Not big pants. Plants. [...] herbaceous plants that go from nothing to gigantic in the space of a few weeks. Continue reading...
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Tender succulents

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Although it's been a mixed summer weather-wise, I've still given my collection of succulent plants a 'holiday' outside... Continue reading...
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Apricot trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
...[apricots] are the most divine fruit. Either straight off the tree slightly fuzzy, warmed by the sun, or in jams and pies. Continue reading...
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Night-scented plants

By Pippa Greenwood in Plants
A perfume-filled balmy evening in the garden is heaven on earth... who can help but feel a wash of pleasure when experiencing all that a rose-clad arbour has to offer? Continue reading...
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Pyramidal orchids

By Richard Jones in Plants
I've commented before that I don't think 'wildlife' should refer to animals only. It should also include plants, even though most wild plants are referred to as weeds... Continue reading...
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Agapanthus

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Knowing exactly how to care for plants is a matter of judgement and experience. Many plants need treating with tender loving care, but others can benefit from 'mean' treatment. Continue reading...
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The coyote willow

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The shoots are the runners of one of my favourite plants, Salix exigua, or the coyote willow. Continue reading...
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The strange case of the wilting wisteria

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
First the leaves looked a bit droopy and exhausted, then they turned crispy and finally fell off, leaving the plant naked and neglected... Continue reading...
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