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If You Do as the Chemlawn people tell you,

You could miss out on a field of buttercups.

What’s Missing From These Photographs

Bees. Except for a small number of bumblebees, my garden, usually buzzing at this time of year, is devoid of pollinators. I use no pesticides.

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Flowering Wisdom

Sage requires no burning of gasoline for mowing. It only needs to be renewed, through cuttings taken from old plants, and stuck in soil that remains moist, to become new, young plants. [...]

Papaver Somniferum Awakes

Whether these poppies germinated at the beginning of winter, when temperatures remained unusually warm, or had rapid growth triggered by the unusually hot weather we’ve been having over the last week and a half, I can’t be sure of. What I can say is that I have never before seen a March of such unseasonal and robust plant growth in my garden. [...]

Blooming Hope

Small Daisies

Where did these accidental additions to the garden come from? [...]

Heat Spill Brings Early Pods

In this extraordinary heat, many plants are showing signs of profound stress, with foliage that’s thin and wilting, having been asked to do the job of summer without having had a cool period in which to grow strong. [...]

Bleeding Heart Liberal

Evidence that I am a bleeding heart liberal. [...]

Garden Utility

What are the peonies growing in my vegetable patch good for? [...]

A Purple Anemone for Earth Day

An anemone blooming underneath the leaves of a growing ornamental onion, where last year there was only a patch of grass to mow [...]

Which Petunia Has The Fancy Dress?

Can you tell which one is the Fancy Dress petunia, and tell me why it’s important to have that flower in the garden instead of the other two? [...]