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As a new year begins, allow me to offer veteran gardeners (and former MPs at a loose end) a few suggestions.
I’ve come to think of it as the year’s fallow, a necessary hiatus with its own beauty.
For as long as I can remember, I have been enraptured by the underwater world.
What I learned when I bought a forest instead of a house.
The humble berry can bring festive magic – and rare winter visitors.
We shall not see a seismic shift in the types of plant we can grow in our gardens – and this is true wherever in the British Isles you live – unless and until there are no frosts.
Our home is their equivalent to a pied-à-terre in Benidorm.
The Member of Parliament for Cheltenham explains how his constituency is playing a key role in shaping the future of UK cyber security strategy
There really is no perfection in gardens – one plant escapes a problem by looking like something else, but in turn acquires a fault of its own.
I have botanised – the act of drifting along with the flow of the earth and its flora – in the strangest of locations: around airports and car parks, in city back-lots and on the platforms of railway stations.
It comes down to basic botany.