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Anna Pavord: 'It's a busy month ahead, with bulbs to force into bloom, lawns to repair, Virginia creeper to tame...'

It will all be worth it in the end, says our gardening expert

Anna Pavord: I've had more joy from the garden this year than I can ever before remember

The California poppies have beautifully self-seeded, the lily beetles have magically vanished... our horticultural expert cannot believe her luck in the garden this year
Anna and her trusty Subaru Legacy at her home in Dorset

Anna Pavord thought she could only ever love a Citroën ... then she sank into a Subaru

For a gardener, the Subaru is on the right wavelength, says our green-fingered correspondent

Weekend work: Time to spray bindweed

WHAT TO DO

How to attract butterflies, bumblebees and other flying insects to your garden

The problem with lists, such as the RHS Perfect for Pollinators plant list, is the inbuilt assumption that if a plant isn't on the list, it's no good for insects. That's patently not true.

Dill doesn't need full sunlight to flourish

Herbal highs: It's time to get potting dill and parsley to garnish summer dishes

Courgettes in the garden have been coming on rather fast and I've been looking for new ways to use them. One of the most successful was a pasta dish, quick and easy to make: fry an onion and a couple of garlic cloves (both finely chopped) in butter till they are soft. Add six small courgettes, finely sliced, and cook for about five minutes. Add about 150ml of crème fraîche and let the mixture heat through. Pull the pan off the heat and mix in a bunch of finely chopped dill. If the sauce seems too thick, add some warm chicken stock. Then tip in whatever pasta you've cooked, stir it about and serve it up with lots of freshly grated Parmesan.

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