Plants

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Close your eyes and try to stay grounded | Brief letters
Brief letters: A test of skill | Touching distance | Country Diary lifts the spirits | Forerunner of rugby union | Ending the blue period

27, Jun, 2022 @4:08 PM

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Balmy Britain: why you should visit Ventnor Botanic Garden
Tucked away on the Isle of Wight’s south coast, this haven really can boast a balmy UK microclimate – and has the lizards to prove it

Tim Lewis

27, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Country diary: The fight for life here will carry on without us
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: A defiantly shabby peacock butterfly and an annual visit by the abbey’s bees send us on our way

Paul Evans

23, Jun, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Rewilding ‘not just for toffs’ as one in five councils in Great Britain get onboard
From Somerset to Derby, councils are rewilding rivers, parks and golf courses, despite claims by some that it is only for wealthy landowners

Patrick Greenfield, Sophie Yeo and Coreen Grant

20, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Privet on parade: how to nudge unruly hedges gently back into shape | Alys Fowler
I can’t be too drastic with my four-metre privet, but some canny planting can fill the gaps nicely

Alys Fowler

17, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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California delays Joshua Tree protections as experts say time is running out
Scientists predict that the spiny trees are unlikely to survive through the end of the century due to climate crisis

Maanvi Singh in Oakland

16, Jun, 2022 @11:50 PM

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‘Bursting with colour’: readers’ favourite UK gardens
Our tipsters highlight brilliant spaces great and small, featuring Arts and Crafts design and eco-sensitive planting to adapt to the changing climate

Guardian readers

16, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Plantwatch: gentians – the flowers that shut when touched
Could improved pollination be the reason these flowers close up when a bee flies in?

Paul Simons

15, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Can’t face another sad salad? Here’s how to ditch the lettuce and forage for something more exciting
Lime leaves are perfect with vinaigrette; sheep’s sorrel seeds taste of lemon; and fox pee … well, steer clear of fox pee. Our expert explains what to pick, what to avoid, and how to make the most of your haul

Alys Fowler

13, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘Gloriously gnarly’: what professional botanists plant at home
Wild as some may look, botanic gardens are orderly places, where everything is planted for a reason. But home gardens are different, altogether more personal

Bronwen Scott

11, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Meet mugwort, the prolific wild herb worth foraging for a treat | Alys Fowler
With notes of rosemary and sage, the aromatic flowering plant lends its subtle flavours to baking, roasting and even a bit of seasonal winemaking

Alys Fowler

10, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Country diary: Brontosaurian, Dalí-like trees that come with a warning
Vikos, Zagori, Greece: The oriental planes that march through this region make it so idyllic – but they are vulnerable

Mark Cocker

07, Jun, 2022 @4:30 AM

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