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Planting Woodlands

Planting Woodlands

A few weeks ago I was peering down hundreds of tree protection tubes trying to see if the young ash saplings we planted last winter showed any signs of chalara fraxinea, the fungus that causes ash dieback.  It was a fruitless search with such young trees so

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Autumn Colour

Autumn Colour

It may be nearly the end of the growing season but there is no reason for the autumn garden to lack colour. Albert Camus put his finger on it when he said: ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower’. And foliage is not

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Bulbs for every Month of the Year

Bulbs for every Month of the Year

Bulbs really are the gift that keeps on giving. They are very undemanding. Most of them flower for years with practically no maintenance. They come in all shapes and sizes from the stately Mediterranean Bells (Nectaroscordum)to colourful little crocuses. And there is a bulb for nearly every

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Planting for Pollinators

Planting for Pollinators

I always thought planting for bees and butterflies was a bit of an oxymoron. Surely flowers and pollinating insects were made for each other? My suspicions were confirmed recently when I attended a fascinating Flora Locale course. I was informed that flowers and their pollinators did, unsurprisingly,

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RHS Chelsea 2012

RHS Chelsea 2012

For more than ten years I have been visiting the annual jamboree that is Chelsea Flower Show.  Some years I have just gone for the evening. In other years I have endured the long slog conferred by a full day ticket. In 2004 I had the pleasure

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Growing food in a small garden

Growing food in a small garden

There is something deeply comforting about growing and eating your own food. Popping something in the pot, freshly harvested from the garden, feels very different from cooking something freshly unwrapped from cellophane. But doesn’t growing your own food mean you need a large garden? Not necessarily. Certain

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Beautiful northern light

Beautiful northern light

We are all looking forward to lighter evenings and mornings as spring approaches. But the low winter sun that we have in the Northern latitudes gives us some wonderful light effects that are not seen in the same way further south. On a sunny winter’s day, the

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