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Country diary: primroses are so much more than pretty flowers

Saltwell Gill, Durham city: A swathe of wildlings in a wood was a spectacle to make the spirits soar after a long, cold winterThis meandering stream, a mile south of the city centre, has carved a small, steep-sided, wooded valley through soft alluvial soi

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Country diary: wild violets are an absolute joy, to us and the bees

Claxton, Norfolk: Intense blue spikes have covered half the lawn – but we can claim little credit for thisThis spring I’ve been amused by our wild violets, which have spread suddenly across one half of the lawn. For anyone who has never met them, they

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Beware fake news, even in the garden | James Wong

From gender-defined peppers to fizzy drinks for plants – James Wong highlights the gardening world’s tall talesI love social media. In between the selfies and cat pictures, it can be a truly amazing way of connecting people across the planet with simi

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Pond repair on the allotment: ‘A reprieve for frogs – and me’ | Allan Jenkins

When it comes to fixing ponds, it’s a frog’s lifeI have always had a thing for frogs. They sit in tree hollows by the beach hut and often pop up on the plot. Howard takes spawn home with his girls, returns and re-wilds them when the frogs grow legs. T

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Doing the bright thing in our terraced family home

Light, airy and full of colour, French jeweller Raphaele Canot’s London house is a treasure trove of precious memoriesWhen the French-born and London-based jeweller Raphaele Canot decided to move on from Notting Hill in search of more space for her fami

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Live your life in colour

Bold, bright, brash... Give your home a cartoonish pop of colour. The secret? Have fun and be fearless Continue reading...

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Home spun: tactile interiors

Be it a weave, a knit or a painterly flourish, these textural interiors celebrate the tactile appeal of craftwork Continue reading...

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The UK's best gardens to visit this spring

See some of Britain’s most inspiring gardens – and bring home plants from their spring fairs Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire, 22 AprilArley Hall is known for many things, but not least its outstanding double herbaceous border planted in 1846, making

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Royal Horticultural Society unveils plans for 154-acre garden in Salford

RHS Garden Bridgewater has been described as the biggest gardening project in EuropeThe Royal Horticultural Society has unveiled plans for its first new garden in 17 years – a 62-hectare (154-acre) site in the heart of Salford, Greater Manchester.RHS Ga

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Smart ideas times two: a home that marries old and new

Affordable designer touches give this London flat a distinctive edgeDean Louw and Rafael Borrego are partners in life as well as business, which means spending a certain amount of time together. “It was 24 hours a day, which took a bit of adjusting to,

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For the love of trees | Allan Jenkins

There are many reasons to love trees. Allan Jenkins traces the roots of his obsession back through his familyI grow trees by northern seas: baby beech and birch, pines and larch (maybe my favourite tree, certainly the fastest). I blame my foster dad. Dudl

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Take time out to smell the jasmine

Fragrant climbers that can be planted right now, for knock-out scent all season longThere is a tendency to think about gardening as an entirely visual art form: a pursuit that is all about playing with the colours, forms and textures of the natural world.

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The history boys: how one couple’s funky flat is bringing the past alive

Rising design star Luke Edward Hall on colour, clutter and being brave when it comes to decoratingLuke Edward Hall, 29, and Duncan Campbell, 31, are not troubled by minimalism. Could you get away with a leopard-print carpet – even in the bedroom? Or a p

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The best spring salads to eat (or plant) now | Alys Fowler

It’s not yet time for fat heads of lettuce, but now is the moment to establish salad cropsSpring may be marching forth, but an abundance of greens is still a way off, so here we are in the hungry gap. It is not yet time for fat heads of lettuce, but the

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