Want to grow daffodils in your garden this spring? Start planning now

It’s been hot, and the calendar says autumn is now here, so why should we be thinking about spring and daffodils? For one, it’s always a good idea to think about daffodils. For another, if you want to see those delightful yellow faces with their ruffled bonnets this spring, you need to start working on it now. In fact, you might already be behind. True bulb connoisseurs order their next-season bulbs in the spring, while the current season is still going strong. Don’t fret, though. We’re here to ...
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Can I grow a lemon tree outside in the UK? Lemon trees, along with their romantic spirit, are synonymous with the gardens of Versailles, Villa Costello and the Amalfi coast. In fact they can be grown anywhere in northern Mediterranean, albeit with a little help from automatic irrigation and fertilisation. However despite being associated with an area covering most of the old Roman empire, Lemons are actually a native to Asia, primarily to the cooler, more temperate regions of Northeas...
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Why now is the time to start thinking about planting bulbs in your garden

Greatness may best be evaluated not by natural talent or achievement or an applause meter, but by the response to adversity. The greatness of plants is thus demonstrated since many of them can be cut to the ground or appear to die back completely only to come to life again, often stronger than before. In fact, the strategy of plants that grow from bulbs, upon the death of their foliage after they have bloomed, is to undergo a long-dormant period before coming to life again the following year. It...
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Miss Birdie's Visitor

  She slowed at the sight of a shiny black car  coming across Miss Birdie’s bridge. The driver, a dark-haired man who looked irritatingly familiar though she couldn’t call his name, threw up his hand and nodded before turning onto the hard road and disappearing around a curve. Who was that? I know I’ve seen him before but not here at Birdie’s. A salesman?. . . too late in the day. . . odd, I thought I knew all of Birdie’s friends. Miss Birdie was sitting on the front porch in one of he...
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Down by the Riverside

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What causes honeybee die-off and how to help the bees

Q: I live in Huntington Beach and have a lot of dead bees on my patio. This happened last summer, too. I do not use pesticides, insecticides or herbicides. Any thoughts? A: Honeybee die-off has been an ongoing issue for the last 20 years. In the early 2000s, colony collapse was blamed on a tracheal mite that parasitized European honeybees. Treatment with miticide solved this problem – until the mites developed resistance. When you see a lot of dead bees in one place, insecticide exposure is the ...
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