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Rosa Cornelia and nepeta

Roses all the way

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by Sally Gregson After the roasting-hot, roller-coaster ride that was this summer, late September days bring a little relief. It may or may not be...
Stipa gigantea

Ornamental grasses

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by Sally Gregson Many gardeners have been growing fashionable, ornamental grasses in their gardens since the turn of this century. Grasses suddenly ‘took off’ and...
Begonia competition winners Ron Clark (left) and Jason Stoppes (right) with Sam Hatcher, landlady of the Benett Arms

The Benett’s bonkers for begonias

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The fourth annual ‘Best Begonia Basket in the Benett Bar’ competition at the Benett Arms, Semley, produced its usual riot of colour as regulars...
Blandford WI

WI bids farewell to a long, hot summer

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Members of the Blandford Evening Women’s Institute visit Holme for Gardens… Every August, the Blandford Evening WI (BEWI) group usually organises an outdoor gathering instead...
One of the most beautiful gladiolus of all – G. x papilio ‘Ruby’

Glads all over…

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By Sally Gregson. We are all familiar these days with gladioli cut and arranged in a tall, narrow-necked jug – or perhaps planted in a...
Sally Gregson, Gardening - Prepared cuttings. Well-rooted cuttings. Pot up the cuttings.

Making more for next summer

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By Sally Gregson. August can be a disappointing month. Despite weeks of drought, inevitably it seems to rain just when a barbecue is planned. But...
Flowers power from Poundbury Gardens to Kingfisher Ward

Flowers power from Poundbury Gardens to Kingfisher Ward

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Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester, part of The Gardens Group of three garden centres (which includes Castle Gardens in Sherborne, and Brimsmore Gardens near Yeovil),...
Paula Carnell

60 seconds with… Queen Bee, Paula Carnell

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From artist to global naturopathic bee expert and consultant to the unique Beezantium at The Newt at Hadspen House, Paula has an incredible passion...
Installing solar panels on house roof. Photo by Bill Mead, unsplash

Power to the people

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With energy prices rocketing, could you benefit from your very own rooftop array? It’s time to crunch some numbers. by Keith Wheaton-Green Ownership of a solar...
Wasps pollinating flowers. Photo by James Wainscoat, Unsplash

Picnic pests or perfect pollinators?

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What’s more British than a summer picnic ruined by a plague of wasps? We plead the case for leniency on their behalf… by Katrina ffiske A...

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Roses all the way

0
by Sally Gregson After the roasting-hot, roller-coaster ride that was this summer, late September days bring a little relief. It may or may not be...

Ornamental grasses

0
by Sally Gregson Many gardeners have been growing fashionable, ornamental grasses in their gardens since the turn of this century. Grasses suddenly ‘took off’ and...

The Benett’s bonkers for begonias

0
The fourth annual ‘Best Begonia Basket in the Benett Bar’ competition at the Benett Arms, Semley, produced its usual riot of colour as regulars...