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Gardening: Unnatural selection

By Jamie Cable

DURING a garden-club visit to a beautifully maintained garden in Shropshire, there was suddenly a horrified gasp from one member. Our host had paused mid-tour, crouched, and wrenched from the soil a healthy columbine in full flower.

Our guide went on to explain that she was keen to preserve the popu­lation of pale unspurred individuals, all descendants of a plant she had admired in an elderly gentleman’s garden many years ago. The flowers hanging forlornly from the wilting ...

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