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John Steedman
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Pilosella aurantiaca (fox and cublets, tawny hawkweed)
Failed garden lighting       My wife was keen to get some lighting in the garden and came across something which seemed ideal: it was a string of glass globes each with a small bulb enclosed, and powered by a small battery in a water-tight control case. The...

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Duckweed (Lemna minor) and water hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos)
Top pool which overflows to create the waterfall into the pond         I was confronted with an interesting conundrum yesterday: my pond is enlivened by a waterfall which works  on the basis that water spills over from an upper pool which is fed by a pump.T...

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Rosemary beetle (Chrysolina americana) and Pyrethrum
Rosemary beetle       My daughter had bought me the full dvd set of 'Dad's Army' series and I'd taken to watching one a day in my study while I ate lunch. This was very handy because each episode was exactly lunch length. On this particular day I was due to...

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The Natural Garden
      The Natural Garden The pond - a wildlife magnet       I got a phone call the other day. It was my youngest (he's 29) son, Nick:       "Daad", he said, in that whiny voice which still indicates that he's at least involved in some sort of cock-up or, at...

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Garden problems
Life's Stage On the positive side......       I used to laugh at the old joke about getting one of those high speed chairlifts - 'they get you upstairs before you forget what you're going for' - now though, I'm giving it serious consideration. I'd have sort...

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Winter garden interest and plant health
Winter Interest and Healthier Plants Betula jacquemonti showing off their bark      It never ceases to amaze me when the snowdrops and daffodils heave their leaves through the frosty ground for their first look round of the year. A friend living further sou...

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Billbergia, Sarcococca and Compost
  Compost and plants of the moment (January) Sarcococca confusa (Christmas box) - enough to scent a room      I've just ventured out into the garden to see if there is anything worth writing about. I nearly said 'put pen to paper' but this is a phrase which...

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Couch Grass (Elymus repens) Removal.
The Dangers of Wheely Bins Beware The Bin - it can turn nasty.       I know from talking to friends that climbing into wheely bins and jumping up and down to compress its contents is not an original idea. On the face of it you would think it was rather a go...

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Late flowering Dahlia
Sat.Navs and Dahlias Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' in November "Daaaad", my stomach sank as the voice emerged beseechingly from the phone. My daughter Laura: "I'm stuck in mud in a field miles from anywhere and the car is broken" At least she wasn't dead ( th...
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