Our gardening correspondent's opening resolution is to tidy up. After that, she can get down to her World Cup window boxes and learning how to cloud-prune...
Gardeners have a habit of going on about their planting disasters, instead of celebrating their successes, says our green-fingered correspondent...
If you’ve left your present purchasing to the eleventh hour, don’t fret, there’s often nothing better than a beautifully potted-up set of herbs, or a homemade bouquet garni
Elephants are culturally important across the globe
A revolution in the flowerbed as Monty plots to make Britain bloom again
It's a tricky decision for a lady of mature years. At what stage do you have work done, if at all? Do you slide into comfortable decrepitude? Or undergo a discreet cosmetic procedure, and run the risk of emerging with a startled, over-shiny face that looks too young for your body?
The so-called Rothschild Prayerbook will go under the hammer in New York after a world tour
Survivors tell of the confusion and acts of selflessness on the night of the crash
With autumn kicking in, it's time to upgrade to a new, warm scent...
Gases emitted by diesel engines mask floral odours that honeybees use to navigate
Flowers appeared on Earth 100 million years earlier than was previously thought, according to evidence from ancient fossilised pollen grains.
The Dutch police are pioneering a new approach to catching criminals, recruiting rats to sniff out crime.
Michael Goulding was a flower arranger to royalty and to nine successive Prime Ministers and their wives, from Macmillan to Major. They were all interested in flowers: Alec Douglas-Home used to rearrange Goulding's flowers when he left the room; Dorothy Macmillan would bring flowers from Birch Grove for Goulding to arrange – when he got them they were often dead. Margaret Thatcher took a great interest in his flowers, and put his name forward for a Queen's Birthday Honours award.
The Englishness of English dress is a very interesting concept, especially as manifested during London Fashion Week. Although maybe it’s the London-ness of London dress, given that most of the star designers come from further afield. Nevertheless they are all the product of the British capital’s fashion schools – Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art dominated today, Christopher Kane and Giles Deacon of the former, and Erdem and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey of the latter.
Series still to play for after another thrilling innings from England’s fastest run-maker