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Wednesday 26 May 2010
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, a riot of horticultural delight, colour, gardening ingenuity and competitiveness, opens to the public today.
Wednesday 26 May 2010
Amid the multi-coloured hues on display at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday, only one colour really mattered: gold. A record number of gold medals – the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award – were handed out, with eight show gardens winning the coveted accolade.
Tuesday 25 May 2010
Sunday 23 May 2010
Sunday 09 May 2010
Tuesday 04 May 2010
A 40-year-old man will go on trial today accused of stealing valuable antique books from a world-famous library.
Calm before the storm: Before risking life and limb at Chelsea, discover the relative peace of the Malvern Spring Gardening Show
Sunday 02 May 2010
Grandmas wield their handbags as weapons, genteel ladies elbow their way through the crowds using rolled-up programmes, whacking ankles with their 4x4 green-plastic plant trolleys, and husbands on their last legs trail back to the car with unfeasibly large armfuls of choice purchases. Yes, it's flower-show season again.
Last Night's TV: Autistic Driving School, BBC3<br />The Landscape Man, Channel 4<br />Welcome to Lagos, BBC2
Friday 30 April 2010
I wrote an article once," chuckled Julia, a driving instructor from Leicester. "It was called 'Watch Out, Autistic Drivers About!'." Did you know that autistic drivers are allowed on the road? I'm not sure I did, but then I'm not sure I'd ever thought about it. If I had, I suppose I would have assumed that they drove just like anyone else – why ever not? Though whether or not that is to underestimate the challenge faced by Julia's pupils is another question entirely.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
Looking peachy: Growing peaches and nectarines can be a battle against the elements but it's worth the effort
Saturday 10 April 2010
For the past two weeks, I have been on a publicity tour in the US, zooming through time zones faster than a character in Doctor Who. Sleep doesn't come easy in these conditions and in a dozen different beds I have passed the dark hours, not counting sheep, but working my way round the blooms on our new nectarine tree. Sheep have never seemed to me good companions for an insomniac. The wretches keep getting tangled up in briars, or sticking their heads irretrievably through wire fences – in other words, doing all the things that sheep do in real life. The advantage of the nectarine flowers is that they stay still.
Saturday 20 March 2010
Monday 22 February 2010
Garden pests are expected to be among the big winners of winter as their predators are killed off by the freezing conditions.
Sunday 21 February 2010
Real gardeners keep diaries. Some keep incredibly anal planting diagrams, redrawn every time the plot plan is updated; others have scruffy journals filled with seed packets, invoices and sometimes soil cascading out the sides. But the most important thing, which unites the scrupulously tidy with the hopelessly messy, is that they write it all down.
Sunday 07 February 2010
The bad weather over the past month hasn't yet finished making a mess. Even after the snow has retreated, you are left with a garden that looks as if a rotting plague has just passed through it. Something about the combined action of frost and wind has the effect of reducing all last year's planting to a blackened muddy mess that might well have been leaves once, but frankly, who knows.
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