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Sowing vegetable seeds outdoors

By Jane Moore in Unassigned
I'm forever sowing vegetable seeds at the moment, and when I'm not sowing vegetable seeds I'm pricking out seedlings, both on my allotment and on the vegetable patch at work. Continue reading...

Plant supports for beans and sweet peas

By Pippa Greenwood in Unassigned
The wigwams are both attractive and sturdy, and made by my son using recycled bamboo canes and his own ball of string. Continue reading...

Garden butterflies

By Richard Jones in Unassigned
That warm Saturday (April 26th) brought out the first butterflies of the year: holly blue, small tortoiseshell and speckled wood. Continue reading...

Growing hellebores from seed

By Adam Pasco in Unassigned
How generous of my oriental hellebores to not only flower so profusely for the past months, but to now reward me with such a bumper supply of swelling seed-pods. Continue reading...


By Jekka McVicar in Unassigned
In 15 years of exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show, I've never known such a late spring. Here on the farm the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, is still flowering. Continue reading...
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Last of the leeks

By Jane Moore in Unassigned
It felt sad to harvest my final leeks this week. What a fine specimen I had left until last - tall, straight and pale, crowned with a plume of pungent green leaves. Continue reading...

Underplanting of daffodils

By Pippa Greenwood in Unassigned
In the last week of the school holidays a friend and I took our two sons to RHS Garden Wisley. We were extremely impressed by what we saw; the gardens were in really good condition. Continue reading...

Sparrows in Paris

By Richard Jones in Unassigned
Paris, for an old school friend's birthday party. I've got a couple of hours on Sunday morning before the Eurostar home, so where better than a park to sit and watch the sights? Continue reading...

Spring blossom on fruit trees

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Unassigned
Spring is here, although nobody seems to have told the weather department yet. This week's biting easterly wind felt more like standing at a Siberian bus stop than April in an English country garden. Continue reading...


By Adam Pasco in Unassigned
It amazes me how ladybirds survive winter outside - hibernation is an extraordinary phenomenon. Continue reading...