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Sunflower 'Giraffe'

Suttons to launch world’s tallest sunflower

Sunflower ‘Giraffe’ (pictured) will be launched for the 2015 season, which has been declared the Year of the Sunflower. It is said to grow to a height of 17ft (5.2m) and…

Mike Hedges of the Organic Gardening Catalogue

Big rise in demand for slug killers

Manufacturers of chemical and organic slug controls are reporting huge rises in sales of their products this season. As predicted by AG last month, breeding conditions were ideal for molluscs…

Silver Birch trees in the Quiet Mark Treehouse & Garden

Anger as trees are felled at Hampton Court

The victims were a row of specimen silver birch trees, which got the chop after just one week in a display garden the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last…

A bumble bee foraging for pollen

Are natural toxins harming bees?

Pollinators can unwittingly weaken or kill their broods by gathering low levels of toxins from pollen in plants such as lupins, according to research at the University of Greenwich. Professor…

Holly berries are already turning red in some areas

Gardens are turning autumnal in mid-summer

Naturalist Matthew Oates of the National Trust said: “Signs of autumn are already in the hedgerows and woods.” He added: “This year has raged its way through winter, then we…

A peat bog (file picture)

Peat bog ‘the size of England’ is found

The peat bog covers an area the size of England and was found by a team from the University of Leeds, the Wildlife Conservation Society-Congo and the country’s Marien Ngouabi…

Bees and neonicotinoids

Study claims pesticides could harm bees

Neonicotinoids, often known as neonics, are chemical ingredients used in some garden and agricultural insecticides. They are systemic, meaning that they’re absorbed into cells throughout a plant – making all…

Garden centres enjoyed a good spring

Garden centre sales soar as economy recovers

Warm weather saw sales of garden furniture and barbecues soar by 23 per cent in May, compared to the same month in 2013. The statistics, from the Garden Centre Association,…