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Yorkshire Radio 1 stars The Sherlocks in tune with top DJ

Yorkshire indie stars The Sherlocks affirmed their Radio 1 status with a show in London with one of its top DJs.
TOUGH CUSTOMER: Portuguese laurel has a lot to offer.

Laurel and hardy

There is laurel and then there is laurel; in this case, the ferociously hardy Portuguese form (Prunus lusitanica) which was once immensely popular, but now, like so many of those dark evergreens beloved of the Victorians, has fallen from favour.

Whens the best time to plant fruit trees and bushes?

Q&A: When’s the best time to plant fruit trees?

Q: When’s the best time to plant fruit trees and bushes?

POT LOOK: Some herbs are small and compact and will grow happily in a container.

Herbal remedies

Herbs are often taken for granted, but whether they come fresh from the garden or dried from the supermarket shelves, they are an important part of our lives.

CAPTION: ON GUARD: The old flower heads of Mophead hydrangeas help protect new growth.

Hydrangeas have power to brighten winter

It’s December next week; we’ve had frost, we’ve had snow and, no doubt, there will be plenty more of both came from.

FROZEN ASSET: Keep off the grass when ice is about.

Keep off the grass, unless it’s really wet

Most lawns are looking a little bit worse for wear, particularly those that were heavily used and abused throughout the spring and summer.

Gardens to visit

Regular openings: Gardens to visit this season

Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, Barnsley. Weekdays and Sundays, 10.30am-4pm; Saturday, 10.30am-3pm. 01226 790270,

BASKET CASE: Plant shrubs and winter-hardy plants in pots, troughs - and baskets.

Let there be light

Winter is creeping ever closer, but hopefully, it will be as balmy as the last – relatively warm, wet and windy and devoid of the snow and ice which in recent years have hammered certain parts of Yorkshire.

Can I grow it?

Q&A: What is it? What is it? Can I grow it?

Three queries in one week, all concerning this plant now showing off in hedgerows and even a few gardens.

COLD COMFORT: Wrap up cordylines before winter really sets in.

Winter is coming

The first frosts have been and gone, but many plants were hardy enough to survive the fall in temperature.

Matt Hopkins of the  Great British Exchange near Harrogate .

The ‘permanent trade show’ taking small makers to mass markets

It’s one of life’s great inequities that some of the best designer makers and artisan food producers barely sell enough to make a living. Many have to combine their craft with a second job to make ends meet. Websites such as Etsy, Folksy and Notonthehighstreet have helped but getting a product onto shop shelves is far more difficult. It requires sales and marketing skills and a substantial amount of time and money that some creatives just don’t have.


From fork to plate

Winter should not mean the end of gardening for the year. There is always plenty to do – if you’re prepared to accept the challenge. If you can provide a little shelter using a cold frame or plastic greenhouse it’s worth sowing seeds of broad beans to provide strong plants that can be planted out next spring.

AUTUMN GLORY: Nasturtiums are a very versatile option for most spots in the garden.

Hats off to the season’s plucky survivors

November, it seems, is now a month when many plants are still hanging on, still holding leaves, still flaunting flowers and being not quite ready to die or go into hibernation.

Q&A: Caring for roses

Q&A: Is it too late to plant roses?

Q: Have we left it too late to plant roses? My dad says no, but our neighbour says yes and to leave it until spring.

Nick Coulter planting up his plot six weeks after the site opened.. Picture Tony Johnson

Fresh air, veg and banter at new Leeds allotment space

Gardeners are overjoyed that a Leeds allotments is open for business after a six-year wait – and want people to take advantage of its “beautiful spot”.

CAPTION: SEEING RED: Poppies are still blooming.

Gardening: Fallen offerings

The Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire in 2014 left a lasting impression. Yellow was the colour and cycling was the name of the game. Two years later, some parts of the county are still remembering what was an epic occasion – only in a very different way.


Gangham Style for Balls

Ed Balls will perform a salsa to Gangnam Style on Strictly, two years after he was spotted dancing to the Korean hit at the Labour Party conference.

FALL GUYS: Leaves come in all shapes and sizes - and they all decay at different rates.

Rake’s progress

For the past few weeks, the air has been filled with falling leaves as autumn gets into its stride. And many of those leaves have landed to block drains, clog gutters and coat patios and roads. The leaves of mountain ash are considered to be among the worst for getting where they are not wanted, but they rate low in the pecking order when it comes to pointing the finger and cursing the villains of what the Americans call “fall”.

PRETTY IN PINK: Populus candicans Aurora.

A dawning realisation of roaming roots

A century ago, no-one had seen or heard of Populus candicans ‘Aurora’. Then, in the 1920s, it appeared on the scene and now it is a common sight in many gardens.

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