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Willow-herb loses its beauty: Country diary 100 years ago

Willow-herb loses its beauty: Country diary 100 years ago

| July 27, 2014

A bank of Rose-bay Willow Herb (Epilobium angustilalium) flowers growing on a grass verge in Melmerby, North Yorkshire. Photograph: Christine Whitehead /Alamy

In Derbyshire yesterday I noticed that the rose-bay or French willow-herb is a much more popular garden plant …

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Our obsession with green lawns drives me nuts, and it’s killing the environment | Syndee Barwick

Our obsession with green lawns drives me nuts, and it’s killing the environment | Syndee Barwick

| July 27, 2014

This is not nature. This is a suburb. Photograph: LancerE / Flickr

On Sunday mornings, you’ll often find me sipping coffee with birdsong and the chatter of squirrels in the background as I read the paper.

But then it starts.…

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Vegetable plots: make your crops look as good as they taste

Vegetable plots: make your crops look as good as they taste

| July 26, 2014

Bare earth might be a traditional look for a veg plot, but it’s not very interesting Photo: ALAMY

In the old days, vegetable gardens consisted of regimented lines of cabbages and lots of bare earth, and were generally …

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Gardens: order of the thistle | Dan Pearson

Gardens: order of the thistle | Dan Pearson

| July 26, 2014

The colour purple: architectural Centaurea ‘Jordy’. Photograph: John Martin/Alamy

We cut the meadows in the middle of July, soon after the yellow rattle had seeded and before the creeping thistle set in. The rattle is a semi-parasitic annual and was …

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How does your garden grow? The rare plant expert, Llanberis, North Wales

How does your garden grow? The rare plant expert, Llanberis, North Wales

| July 25, 2014

Robbie Blackhall-Miles: ‘By the age of 12 I was propagating hardy orchids from seed.’ Photograph: Joel Redman for the Guardian

I don’t remember the first time I gardened. It’s something that has come naturally to me since I was tiny. …

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Alys Fowler: how to repot a houseplant

Alys Fowler: how to repot a houseplant

| July 25, 2014

If your houseplant is slow growing or you don’t wish it to grow any larger, repot it into its existing pot by refreshing the compost. Photograph: Tetra Images/Alamy

It was a distraction tactic; I was supposed to be cleaning my …

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Best plants to keep children amused

Best plants to keep children amused

| July 25, 2014

Photo: Alamy

With the school holidays upon us, find some plants to inspire your children. The fly-eating Venus fly trap needs only a sunny windowsill and a tray of rainwater (not tap water!) to lure in the flies with …

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Geastrum triplex

Geastrum triplex

| July 25, 2014

Today we feature the fungus Geastrum triplex, commonly known as the saucered or collared earthstar. These images (image 1 | image 2) were taken recently at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and uploaded to the Botany Photo of the …

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