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Morning Eye Candy: A Squirrel’s Feast

Morning Eye Candy: A Squirrel’s Feast

| September 29, 2014

Morning Eye Candy: A Squirrel’s Feast

Quercus coccinea in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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When it comes to gardening, rules can be broken

When it comes to gardening, rules can be broken

| September 28, 2014

Received wisdom: we’re told to remove tomato plants leaves in late summer, but you don’t have to Photo: Alamy

Horticultural advice can be very prescriptive. Take the saying that you should “cut your box hedges on Derby Day”. The idea …

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Morning Eye Candy: Tree-chitecture

Morning Eye Candy: Tree-chitecture

| September 28, 2014

Morning Eye Candy: Tree-chitecture

The agiri tree’s structures are visually fascinating from any angle.

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Gardens: Great Dixter plant fair | Dan Pearson

Gardens: Great Dixter plant fair | Dan Pearson

| September 27, 2014

All the fun of the fair: full swing at Great Dixter. Photograph: Huw Morgan

The Great Dixter Plant Fair opens next weekend. I will be there with a host of other enthusiasts to fill my notebook – and my car …

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Autumn Blooms in the Bulb Garden

Autumn Blooms in the Bulb Garden

| September 27, 2014

It’s now early fall and that means it’s time for Colchicum! Colchicum is a group of flowers also known as autumn crocuses, though they’re not related to the true crocus. Seventeen species and varieties of Colchicum grow in the Graham …

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Morning Eye Candy: Autumn Fragrance

Morning Eye Candy: Autumn Fragrance

| September 27, 2014

Morning Eye Candy: Autumn Fragrance

The fragrant blooms are just beginning to appear in the purple-leaved Kamchatka bugbane.

Actaea simplex ‘James Compton’ in Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Sambal Badjak recipe

Sambal Badjak recipe

| September 26, 2014

Indonesian favourite: Sambal Badjak goes well with eggs Photo: Jonathan Buckley

This is an Indonesian pickle, delicious served with any curry and a great accompaniment to a boiled egg. It has a mellow rather than a fiery taste because it …

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Fried peppers and goat’s cheese recipe

Fried peppers and goat’s cheese recipe

| September 26, 2014

Punchy: fried ‘Jimmy Nardello’ peppers Photo: Jonathan Buckley

This Mediterranean-style dish from Worton Organic Garden in Oxfordshire is a good combination of flavours – fruity peppers, with a mild tang but almost no heat; sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy sharp …

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