England were well below their best but managed to cling onto a precious point from their delayed World Cup qualifier with Poland in Warsaw.
The Royal Horticultural Society staged the annual Britain in Bloom awards at St Peter Port, in Guernsey, at the weekend.
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Picture the scene. It's somewhere near Ilkley, in West Yorkshire, and a young woman is carefully clearing rubbish from a piece of waste ground. Two teenage boys, dressed in hoodies and riding bikes, cruise past.
But as a nation of impassioned horticulturalists, we hardly need reminding why plants are our pride and joy, says Anna Pavord.
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Explore Britain's green and pleasant land, then set off around the world in search of all things bright and beautiful. Cathy Packe celebrates flower power.
If Carl Warner's photography looks good enough to eat, that's because it is. His landscape portraits are created entirely out of food. Trees are made from broccoli, the clouds are cauliflower and mountains are formed from piles of mashed potato. The result is a body of work that is irreverent, whimsical and fun. Warner created his first "foodscape" in 1999, after a trip to the market left him thinking how much Portobello mushrooms looked like trees. That led to Mushroom Savanna, which re-imagined the fungi as part of an African landscape.
Buddleia is almost always accidental. The so-called "butterfly bush" is one of those plants that successfully seeds itself all along every London railway line, so you can't fail to spot its purple spikes this time of year if you travel overground in the capital.
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As the world's most famous horticultural event draws to a damp and blustery close today it seems that all has been far from rosy in the show garden over the past five days.
Julie Henry and Debbie Bragg's images capture the best of the blooms
The last days of winter are hard on your garden, but now's the time to prepare for warmer months ahead.
Ben Elton has bombed in Australia: cue mocking laughter and smug chortles. Australians, chippy at the best of times about Pom entertainers trying to make it in their country, will feel vindicated that the sketch show Ben Elton: Live From Planet Earth has been pulled after three episodes. Over here, there will be joy among the various groups of people who are happy to see Elton fail – those who feel he betrayed his lefty, alternative roots, those who found it unforgiveable that he worked with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, those simply irritated by his cheery grin and mockney accent.
At the Royal Horticultural Society headquarters, thoughts have already turned to spring and the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.