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Bird Watch: The magpie (Pica pica)

ROWING up, one of my favourite books was (and still is) Gerald Durrell’s , with his brilliant depiction of his gloriously eccentric family’s sojourn in

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SOMETIMES, the moment is right. Everything comes together and a plant just catches the imagination. This is the time of the cosmos, as a number of factors are combining to grab the attention of more and more gardeners. First, we always used to treat
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Ask John Negus
John has been answering reader queries for 50 years Q What shrubs could I plant in some shady areas in my garden? I’m looking for something that will attract wildlife, and will grow to no more than 3-5ft (1-1.5 m) tall. David Smith (via email) A The