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777Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall01326 250 258www.carwinion.co.ukTR11 5JAOpen until Sep (see website for details), daily, 10am-5.30pm. Adults/OAPs £5, under-16s free. Single discount with card: 25%.parking,toilets,part-disabled,plants,refreshments,dogs,public-transport
718School Road, South Walsham, Norwich, Norfolk01603 270 449www.fairhavengarden.co.ukNR13 6DZOpen all year, daily, 10am-5pm or dusk (until 9pm Wed in May-Aug). Adults £6, OAPs £5.50, children (5-16) £3.50. Card valid for whole property. parking,toilets,full-disabled,plants,refres...
730Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire01865 341 576www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.ukOX44 9PXOpen all year: 1 Mar-30 Nov, daily, 10am-5pm (until 4pm in Nov); 1 Dec-end Feb, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. Adults £4.50, OAPs £3, accompanied under- 19s (in full-time education) free.parking,toilets,part...
Dog violets, Viola riviniana, appeared almost as soon as I laid the topsoil of my new garden. They’ve been here for three years now, slowly bulking up in corners where nothing else grows.They thrive in the shadiest parts of my garden, flowering just after the snowdrops and before...
807Saintfield, Co Down028 97 51 0131www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rowallane-gardenOpen all year, daily, 10am-6pm (until 8pm 1 May-31 Aug, 4pm 1 Nov-28 Feb). Adults/OAPs £5.70, children (5-15) £2.80.parking,toilets,part-disabled,plants,refreshments,picnic,shop,dogs,public-transport
Sometimes the best things are the subtle or quiet things. A little rustle of wind through a tree, the distant knock-knocking of a thrush beating seven bells out of a snail or, in this case, a modest wildflower lurking among the rough grass beside a
've visited. It has sculpted meadows, native wildflowers (including Verbena bonariensis) and a plethora of fruit and nut trees, dominating the landscape. Except for the beautifully kept English rose garden and vegetable patch, the garden is almost entirely
This week, the RSPB and other wildlife organisations published a report identifying the declines of our native wildlife. Called ‘State of Nature’, it’s a breakthrough in British conservation. For the first time, experts have worked together
of our native butterflies to lay their eggs on, including peacock, red admiral, comma and small tortoiseshell. Without nettles in your area, you're unlikely to enjoy adult butterflies visiting your garden.Which other weeds could I welcome as food crops
Carol Klein offers advice on getting the best results from moisture-loving plants cowslip and fritillary.springMore advice on growing primulasTreating primula leaf spotHow to rejuvenate primrosesBrowse primula varieties