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Show Gardens – Have They Lost The Plot?

Show gardens – have they lost the plot? Their photos adorn the covers of our gardening magazines, they are written about in the weekend sections of newspapers, people jostle with each other to get the best views of them, celebs … Continue reading

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Snowdrops

Poems and stories have been written about them, they are the focus of plant collectors, an artist’s delight and a photographer’s pain in the neck. The beautiful, simple, graceful, snowdrop (Galanthus) is the first bulb to flower and by using … Continue reading

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Is it a case of buyer beware or should we be getting a better service from our garden centres?

Many garden centres are increasingly becoming major retail outlets. Amongst Christmas decorations, gifts, food, pets and clothing it is just possible to find some plants, but it is almost impossible to get reliable, honest information about them. Should we have … Continue reading

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Nerium oleander (oleander)

When you go on holiday abroad you often see beautiful flowering plants that you recognise as being house plants here in the UK. Many years ago whilst traveling through Australia I was enthralled by such a shrub which was being used … Continue reading

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Relax

Take a look at the Natural England website  www.naturalengland.org.uk . It has lots of information about wildlife gardening and some very useful tips and hints. The following is certainly good advice: Relax! Don’t feel that you have to be too tidy … Continue reading

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Aubretia

I was recently helping a friend clear a small border in her garden and in this border were some very scraggy, old bits of Aubretia. Many of us keep plants that are past their best just because we don’t know … Continue reading

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Wildlife gardening – myths exploded

There are many myths regarding wildlife gardening that have grown up with time. The Sheffield University BUGS research exploded many of these: ‘Only big gardens are of value’ – This is not true, even tiny gardens can offer excellent environments for most insects. … Continue reading

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Wildlife gardening

I recently went to a forum given by Dr Steve Head on ‘The Why and How of Wildlife Gardening’. It was a fascinating evening and Steve was not only passionate about wildlife but also realistic regarding the needs of the gardener. … Continue reading

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Phacelia, mystery plant identified

In my article ‘nearly stumped’ on the 11th May, I mentioned that I had found a plant that I couldn’t identify; A beautiful lilac-mauve flower that was emerging from caterpillar like cymes held aloft from finely cut leaves. I looked … Continue reading

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Nearly stumped

I’m a bit of a plants-person and pride myself on being able to identify most plants, but in the last week I have come across two plants, in two very different circumstances, that I am unfamiliar with: I spotted the fist … Continue reading

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