Wild flowers

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Country diary: half crazy for the love of Mexican daisies
Allendale, Northumberland: In the narrow microclimates of a paved terrace, they can survive our hard winters

Susie White

13, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: the butterflies are fading, but one still shines
Morfa Harlech, Gwynedd: This silver-studded blue is a survivor, and it has a story to tell too

Paul Evans

10, Sep, 2021 @5:17 PM

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Country diary: panning for nature’s gold – yellow rattle
Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk: This meadow-maker sucks the life from dominant grasses to allow others to thrive

Kate Blincoe

10, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Let the grass and lady’s tresses grow | Brief letters
Brief letters: Mowing the lawn | Emma Raducanu | Fungi | Daddy longlegs | Festive menus

Letters

09, Sep, 2021 @3:48 PM

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County diary: from hellish origins, a heavenly suite of Derbyshire plants
Waterswallows Quarry, Derbyshire: The volcanic rock here is home to an expanse of great burnet, twayblade, spotted and fragrant orchids

Mark Cocker

07, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: a rocky road to a view of the estuary
Afon Mawddach, Gwynedd: The route seems unreasonably steep, and in my memory the lane was much shorter

John Gilbey

06, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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How to grow valerian | Alys Fowler
Its impressive height means it will fill many a vase, while its root can be turned into a tea for insomniacs

Alys Fowler

28, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Country diary: a bittersweet harvest at the end of summer
Blacka Moor, South Yorkshire: The bilberry bushes have borne fruit, but you have to take the sour with the sweet

Ed Douglas

27, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: some wildflowers are more valuable than others
Sunart farm, Derbyshire: Not all farms make good decisions about which flora to prize, but this one does

Mark Cocker

17, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: fill your nose with the cornucopia of July scents
Wolsingham, Weardale, North Pennines: Smell can be so specific – the fragrance of meadowsweet blossom reminds me of my late aunt Pat

Phil Gates

04, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: the communal joy of an urban wildflower walk
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: We grow here together in inconvenient places, squatters sharing space and predicament

Josie George

30, Jul, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: reward awaits the hiker who makes it here
Glen Feshie, Cairngorms national park: This almost unreachable spot is quietly thriving with flowers rarely seen in these mountains

Merryn Glover

28, Jul, 2021 @11:00 PM

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