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Gardening

Tenacious tulips

Gardening: IN HIS Guardian column, the late, great plantsman Christopher Lloyd said that if he could have only one spring flower, it would be the tulip. Now is the time to plant them

Berried treasure

Gardening: Most mature gardens have a patch of ivy somewhere, and, if it has been allowed to climb and reach the extent of its support, it is probably flowering now. The spherical arrangement of flowers is a good source of nectar for insects late in the year

Alfresco study

Jami Cable: My foot slips off the horticultural pedal in August. I am content just to imbibe the garden. It seems unfair to goad you into action with a "things to do now" list. Instead, I will share my best read of the summer, and my favourite nursery

Ethereal effects

Jamie Cable selects five perennials that stand out in the ethereal stakes

Crazy paving

Jamie Cable: IN GARDENS in London, hard surfaces and new buildings are replacing vegetation at the rate of two-and-a-half times the area of Hyde Park each year

Holiday drinking

Gardening: For holiday pot-plant care, you may know an instinctive gardener who can step in, or you may feel inclined to leave detailed instructions. In my experience, a casual "keeping an eye on things" leads to casualties. Non-gardeners just do not read the signs; so it is worth taking a few measures beforehand.

Pots of space

Gardening: OUR Staffordshire garden now has a counterpoint. After several changes in our London lodgings for the working week, we are now renting a studio. An estate agent would describe this, politely, as bijou; but it does have a 3×4-metre outdoor space.

A touch of light

Gardening: I WAS reminded this week to praise God "for dappled things", as Gerard Manley Hopkins put it. I was working in the Goldsmiths' Company garden, in London, under two mature plane-trees in a microcosm of flickering light. 

Garden therapy

Gardening: THERE is a garden I know that is so magical that I have often made a detour on a dog walk to see it. It has a public right of way running through it that allows everyone to engage with the plot, while it somehow conveys the intimate feel of a loved back garden.

Winter bloomers

Gardening: STRONG will-power and clement weather are needed to get me working in the garden in January. I enjoy gardening in my mind, viewing the stark framework from indoors and bending it this way and that with new paths, beds, and planting. 

A gift to gardening

Gardening: I WANT to take you back in time to just after the Second World War, and to the Slieve Donard Nursery in County Down, Northern Ireland. Imagine a mild winter's day, the low sun alighting on the golden sprays of Mahonia japonica, enticing them to release their delicious scent. 

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