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Gardening: From meadows to motorway embankments, how we fell back in love with wildflowers

From meadows to motorway embankments, wild flowers are everywhere, writes David Overend.

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Garden waste collection scrapped

Thousands of households are set to lose their free garden waste collections in coming days as a North Yorkshire council brings in new charges for a subscription-only service.

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SOLID GOLD: Alyssum is a favourite 
choice for rockeries and sunny walls.

Gardening: Blazing a trail

David Overend salutes the hard-working spring flowers that are enjoying their final burst of colour.

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Chatsworth flower show will match Chelsea spectacle

Sheltered by 1,000 acres of mature trees, where Yorkshire yields to the Peak District, the contrast to the Royal Hort­icultural Society’s traditional home could hardly be more striking. Instead of the view of Battersea Power Station over the Thames, only the gentle swish of the River Derwent punctuates the landscape of hills and trees.

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A model wears a bespoke Peony Floral headdress on the Primrose Hall stand during the press preview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A tale of two Yorkshires at Chelsea

From a county as diverse as all of England, two contrasting views of Yorkshire went on display to the gardening world yesterday.

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WILD THING: The scent of onions  and a sea of white flowers.

Gardening: Go wild for garlic

One woodland plant is as much as part of spring as bluebells, but tasty too. David Overend reports.

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PRETTY IN PINK: But the traditional bluebell is something very different.

Gardening: Beating the blues

The traditional woodland delight has been fighting off a foreign invader. David Overend reports.

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SPRING SHOW: Leave daffodil leaves alone for six weeks after the flowers die off.

Gardening: A knotty problem

What not to do with daffs after the flowers die to get the best show next year. David Overend reports.

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SPRING SENSATION: A mature pieris.

Gardening: Stalwarts and all

If the soil is acid-rich, the vivid colours of pieris will brighten up your garden, writes David Overend.

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Robbert Addyman and his collection of vintage garden tools at Norton Conyers, near Ripon. Picture by Simon Hulme

Yorkshireman collects 4,000 old gardening tools, including one that’ll take your legs off

THEY ARE long-forgotten tools from a lost world of Yorkshire kitchen gardening, an age in which growers and seedsmen had an implement for every task, including one to cut the legs off poachers.

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IN THE PINK: Magnolia sargentiana in all its glory.

Gardening: Pretty in pink

Sometimes, plants need a rest; they have performed magnificently – to the point of exhaustion – and they know when it’s time to take time for themselves.

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BRIGHT START: Forsythia is traditionally considered to be a herald of spring.

Yellow magic orchestrated

So what’s the difference between “common” and “popular”? Both are terms used to describe the in-your-eye yellow Forsythia. The two terms are often confused but can actually affect the meaning behind a statement; for example, “popular” should be used to describe something or someone that a lot of people like, whereas “common” describes something that occurs often – it is not always apparent whether people like it or not.

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WORK IN PROGRESS: April is one of the busiest months of the year in the garden.

Roll out the barrow

April is the month when gardeners get out of the blocks. It’s a bit of a sprint to tick off all the jobs on the lengthy list hanging on the back of the shed door.

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Spring loaded with blossom loved by bees

Spring has arrived – with some sun, some snow and some confusion.

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IN THE PINK: Spring likes to make the most of camellias and their peony-like flowers.

Gardening: Meet my Debbie

David Overend reveals how he fell head over heels for a China girl who put down roots in deepest Wales.

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PLUM LINE: The purple-leaved plum has found a place in the hearts of many gardeners.

Gardening: Brightness falls

Prunus cerasifera pissardii is a bit of a mouthful, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming widely grown in gardens throughout the country.

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The magnificent fir cone sculpture at the Himalayan Garden
& Sculpture Park.

A spectacular of 20,000 plants in a beautiful dale

Some people are never content; they refuse to rest on their laurels, they refuse to stick to their gunneras, they have to always look to the future. They are the creators and the winners.

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OPENING TIME: The garden at Ellerker House, near York

Gates open wide

Spring is here; not because there are bulbs blooming, but because almost 4,000 gardens are gearing up to open their doors to paying visitors to raise millions of pounds for charity.

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SEEING RED: Tulipa Show Winner.

Showstopper and eye-opener for early spring

All tulips are winners – some big-time, others a little less statuesque but nevertheless stars in their own right.

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BLUE BELLES: Scilla siberica Spring Beauty.

Florid as a rock

Here’s a little plant to bring a bit of colour to beds and borders (and containers, of course) at this time of year – Scilla siberica, an early-blooming perennial that may just reach a height of eight inches.

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