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The telecoms sector was the talk of the town as deals flew in for Vodafone and Nokia this week, but traders still had time to pile into Scottish tiddler Pinnacle Technology.

You're my best budd: Why I love my 'butterfly bush'

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.

Can a garden be a work of conceptual art?

Do avant gardeners deserve recognition? The flower-show season is a chance for Victoria Summerley to find out

Who judges the judges? The seeds of change are planted at Chelsea

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.

Dig for victory: how your garden can help beat climate change

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) throws open the gates of the Chelsea Flower Show today with a message for Britain's gardeners: the humble urban backyard can help save the planet.

High winds mean sky's the limit for TV star's Chelsea garden

There will be quiet smiles of satisfaction among more traditional members of the gardening fraternity at the Chelsea Flower Show after two of the more spectacular gardens fell foul to the stormy weather yesterday.

By royal appointment: Cheer Wills and Kate at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea time again. Not buns, Clintons or Premiership football, but roses and irises in profusion. Some people every year put a brave new twist on Chelsea. You'll hear that this is the year of green flowers. Or wild flowers. Or no flowers. But the truth is that Chelsea is and always will be a flower show of roses and irises, buds and blowsy blooms, the lot of them.

Alan Titchmarsh to ZZZZZ: The Complete Guide to Chelsea

On the eve of the greatest flower show on earth, Victoria Summerley takes you on a walk up the garden path with her A-to-Z guide

Pocket paradises: Amateurs are creating astounding gardens on tiny budgets in Britain

Julie Henry and Debbie Bragg's images capture the best of the blooms

Get ready for spring: A step-by-step guide to horticultural happiness

The last days of winter are hard on your garden, but now's the time to prepare for warmer months ahead.

Terence Blacker: No one can be funny all the time, Ben

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.

Flower show's answer when nature calls

At the Royal Horticultural Society headquarters, thoughts have already turned to spring and the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.

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