Wild flowers

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Lost and found: how a photographer sniffed out the magnolia species not seen for a century
Eladio Fernandez was rewarded after an arduous hike up a Haitian mountain, following in the footsteps of the Swedish botanist who last saw the fragrant flower in 1925

Graeme Green

15, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Country diary: A spectacular wall of dahlias – but the insects are more choosy than me
Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland: This wonderful nursery is home to some 15,000 flowers, and is an interesting test of what lures in the pollinators

Susie White

31, Oct, 2022 @5:30 AM

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How a desert bloomed in the driest place on Earth
Unexpected emergence of flowering bulbs prompts move to designate Chile’s Atacama desert a protected national park

John Bartlett in Santiago

29, Oct, 2022 @2:24 PM

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Britain’s grasslands and dormice under threat from mild autumn
October’s summery temperatures are ‘confusing’ plants and throwing off fragile ecosystems

Helena Horton

29, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Country diary: A rare floral resident on the cliffs
Yesnaby, Orkney: Scottish primroses grow only in a few remote spots and finding them is a matter of local knowledge

Cal Flyn

29, Sep, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Rare orchid flourishes in Charles Darwin’s gardens after two-year project
Unusually the violet helleborine is only pollinated by wasps and is thriving thanks to nectar that is irresistible to the insects

Flo Cornall

22, Aug, 2022 @5:54 PM

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Young country diary: I love my wildlife garden – we built it from scratch | Liam
Ayrshire, Scotland: The flowers are in bloom and the pond has produced loads of frogs – and there’s a hedgehog house ready and waiting

20, Aug, 2022 @10:01 AM

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Young country diary: All the things you can do with a daisy | Mathilde
South London: They have lots of history and you can even eat them, but making daisy chains is probably the best

20, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Country diary: A heady mix of sex and drugs for this wasp
Deerness Valley Way, County Durham: We watched the whole performance – a bewildered, stumbling wasp, unable to resist another floral visit

Phil Gates

17, Aug, 2022 @4:30 AM

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10 ways to keep your garden beautiful if you’re going on holiday
Gardens and balconies are at their most bountiful – and demanding – in summer. Here’s how to ensure yours doesn’t wither in your absence, however long you’re away

Jane Perrone

28, Jul, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Country diary: The unloved field scabious gives so much, for so long
Sandy, Bedfordshire: These bounteous pompoms are lumbered with an unfortunate name, but the insects don’t care

Derek Niemann

26, Jul, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: The many ghosts of Carberry Hill
Queen Mary’s Mount, East Lothian: It is nearly 500 years since Mary, Queen of Scots surrendered here. Did she, like me, see herb robert on the way up?

Elspeth Wilson

20, Jul, 2022 @4:30 AM

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