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How to be English: a horticultural guide

What is the 'new' English garden? One man takes Emma Townshend on a tour through some of the country's finest spaces to try to answer just that question

Hedging their bets: Anna Pavord visits an immaculate garden in France

The jardin has our correspondent enthralled - if a little frustrated about where she is allowed to tread

Missing: my darling Jacqui... the search for a lost tulip

I found the most perfect tulip, says Emma Townshend.  She’s playful and charming and perked me right up – but now I can’t find her anywhere. Somebody help me!

Anna Pavord's A to Z of pests and problems: P is for passageways, pests and pruning

Our green-fingered correspondent Anna Pavord continues her A-Z of horticultural pests and problems standing between you and your perfect garden

Growing beetroot in straight lines will give you 'the superior self-worth of an established plotholder', says Emma

The plot thickens: It's time to get allotment fever

Beetroots and rocket and mustard leaves and radishes. If only I had the gumption to do it myself, says Emma Townshend

Southern comfort: How a remarkable tropical garden sprung up in a corner of Camberwell

Clive Pankhurst has turned the space at the back of the house into a magnificent oasis

Weekend work: Time to divide bearded irises

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Emma Townshend: 'Sometimes I'm green-eyed. But 'deceitful' and 'quietly criminal'? Well...'

Last week we were on cheating; this week we're moving on to more serious offences. In this instance, theft. A little while ago I read The Pedant in the Kitchen by Julian Barnes (the man who this department affectionately calls "Monsieur Jules", in ref to the big flouncy pink peony that shares his name). Anyway, Monsieur Jules alleges that gardening is, "frequently indulged in by the envious, the deceitful, the quietly criminal". Harsh. But should we gardeners accept it's true?

Reap what you sow: It's not as difficult as you think to grow peas and squash

One warm, still evening in mid-July I picked the first peas, the first cucumber and the first courgette. My husband was away sailing in the Shetlands. The booty was mine, all mine. I made fat batons of the cucumber and ate them, dipped in hummus, as I sat outside shelling the peas. In the fading light, the rooks sailed in overhead, hundreds of them, chattering, clattering, making for their roost in the alder trees below the house.

Weekend work: Time to tend to camellias

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Emma Townshend: 'I've got a dirty secret - I've cheated with my plants this summer'

When her own plants weren't quite performing as they should be, our gardening correspondent headed for the local garden centre...

A buzz in the air: The best plants for bumblebees

Bumblebees have staged a comeback in Anna Pavord's garden - and she knows which plants to thank for it...

Weekend work: Time to re-pot cyclamen corms

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