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Nature to Note
The frenetic behaviour of brown hares during their breeding season in early spring is thought to have given rise to the phrase ‘mad as a March hare’. It is quite hard to spot these long-legged creatures in nature since they are Britain’s fastest land
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How To Grow Annual Climbers
Sow most climbers in March, in order to allow as long a growing season as possible, and cosset them in a warm, brightly lit spot under cover. The exception is ipomoea which I sow in late April since it grows rapidly and doesn’t like its growth to be
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Natural Connection
The UK government has launched a new initiative led by Natural England to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and people’s isolation from the natural world. The Nature Recovery Network aims to restore protected areas across the UK and create new
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The Forgotten Man
William Purdom, who died suddenly in Peking 100 years ago this November, packed a great deal into his short life. A head gardener’s son from Westmoreland (now Cumbria) he trained at Kew where he was elected Secretary of the Kew Employees Union. In 19
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Nurseries For New Year Inspiration
Specialising in more mature and specimen plants, from Hostas to Hamamelis, Tendercare’s 12 acres are a joy to visit for anyone with a garden in the making. Our site visit and warrantied planting service is very popular to help rejuvenate a tired gard
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Eyes To The Front
Why do so many English houses, from Victorian villas to Betjemanesque suburban dwellings and post-war council estates, have front gardens? The answer is not difficult: they were designed to protect privacy, enhance dignity, provide a sense of spaciou
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A highly decorative cyclamen with almost entirely metallic-silver leaves. Seek out this winter aconite for flowers a little later than those of the species. Fine green lines adorn this snowdrop’s outer segments and, unlike other green varieties, it
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Don’t Forget
• Finish pruning bush roses, before their new shoots put on too much growth. Most can be cut back by half. • Divide snowdrops once their flowers have faded to increase existing clumps. • Browse catalogues for summer-flowering bulbs and tubers such as
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People to Meet
The horticulturist, botanist, author, broadcaster and expert witness describes his sources of inspiration and particular passion for fungi Inspiration for my books comes from three places: my head, where ideas occur to me for no obvious reason; my o
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Hort Couture
‘Adam the Gardener’ was a Sunday Express cartoon strip that raised the morale of the nation during World War II. With his craggy features and Abraham Lincoln-style beard, Adam could be seen, week by week, steadfastly digging in, tying up and potting
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A gardener for over 30 years, Troy was head gardener at both Bodnant and Sissinghurst. He now combines his work at Iford Manor with writing, lecturing and designing. His new column starts on p12. Matthew is a gardener, writer and broadcaster and a r
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Faith, Hope & Charity
The bumpy track that leads to Fullers Mill doesn’t prepare you for the awakening spring mix of connoisseur’s plants that spills from the brimming borders, nor for the mists and shapes that rise from lake and stream. Over the course of 50 years, plant
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LOOK Both Ways
Candlemas bells, fair maids, Mary’s taper, Eve’s tear, white cup, white queen and snow dropper: the many regional names for snowdrops in English folklore point to their value in our gardens and churchyards when the year is on the cusp of spring and l
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The Reviewer
by Fergus Garrett Pimpernel, £12.99 The ease with which we can create an image on a mobile phone these days often means thousands of pictures end up languishing on a digital cloud, perhaps unseen until storage space runs out and some must be deleted
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High Society
Often, I dread the gift of plants from others. What if it’s something that doesn’t suit the style of my garden or, worse still, a plant I downright dislike? A couple of years ago as I left the garden of a friend, she pressed a small brown envelope la
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The Great & THE GOOD
The showcase gardens developed by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and his younger sister Alice on adjacent estates in Buckinghamshire are the foundations of the spectacular Waddesdon Manor and Eythrope gardens we know today. “In 1874, Ferdinand bought
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Clean Living
In the cheese room of what used to be a dairy farm in Cheselbourne, Dorset, you’ll find curing racks stacked not with hunks of cheddar or Dorset Blue Vinny, but with petal-scattered soap bars, great orange moulding blocks and countless glass bottles
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Out & About
In this pre-recorded talk over Zoom, garden historian and illustrator Susan Campbell will provide a brief history of the glasshouse, from the cultivation of citrus fruits in 16th-century orangeries, to growing pineapples in pineries and grapes in vin
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SPRING STARS at Fullers Mill
The Italian bluebell has starry flowers held on conical flowerheads. Order the bulbs for planting in autumn. Ideal for naturalising in areas of sun or dappled shade for drifts of white. Excellent groundcover for the dry soil beneath large trees, fl
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Matinée Show
Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield, North London, was the home of Edward Augustus Bowles, who lived there until his death in 1954. His influence on British gardening is enduring, evident not least in the number of plants named for him. Consider Anemo
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Things to Do
Straddling the spring equinox, March can be an unpredictable month – “In like a lion, out like a lamb”, as the old saying goes – but with the change of season comes lengthening days, a warming of the soil and a surge in plant growth with the promise
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Snowdrops are happy anywhere in shade and will tolerate most soils, apart from the heaviest clay or the sourest acid conditions. These are hungry plants and will appreciate the application of an annual dressing of bonemeal and leafmould in autumn.
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The burgeoning middle classes, scientific advances and plant discoveries of the 19th century resulted in an unprecedented interest in the natural world. ‘Fern fever’, or pteridomania as it became known, gripped the country, with these beautiful but o
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KEEP IT simple
Choose good plants There is such a wonderful palette of lovely things to choose from. Have something that you like and that looks good when it’s coming up, when it’s flowering and when it’s going down. If it doesn’t work well, it goes. If it doesn’t
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Hidden Gold
Up until the mid-19th century, all the daffodils growing in Britain would have been the wild species, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, immortalised by William Wordsworth. It was only in the mid-1800s, when botanists began to understand how hybridisation wo
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The new year hasn’t got off to the most promising start, with unrelentingly gloomy news at every turn. It is easy to lose heart, in another lockdown and faced with this barrage, so I am trying to concentrate instead solely on things that cheer me up,
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A Backhouse cultivar with double primrose-yellow petals and a frilly orange centre. A large-cupped daffodil bred by Sarah Dodgson, with creamy-yellow petals and a short, orange-red trumpet. Bred by William Ormston Backhouse, with golden yellow peta
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Visit the famous Grade I Listed gardens to enjoy outstanding spring displays and our new sculpture park, as the gardens come alive with a riot of colour. Enjoy magnolias, camellias in groves, footpaths winding through hills carpeted in bluebells and
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Improve your soil with sand and grit, and ensure the snowdrops have some form of shade in the summer. It doesn’t need to be a tree, it can just be a geranium, so long as it keeps the soil cool. Use upturned wire hanging baskets to keep clumps safe a
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