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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.

M&S autumn/winter collection

Marks & Spencer launches new collection to make women feel 'exceptional'

Life’s too short for boring everyday clothing, for waiting for what we really want and especially for wearing uncomfortable knickers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cyclists often come in for criticism from drivers.

YP Letters: Don’t blame cyclists for using the highway

From: Edward Grainger, Botany Way, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.

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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.

£10,000 diet pays off for Viki

£10,000 diet pays off for Viki

Viki Short has spent £10,000 shedding ten stone and dropping eight dress sizes. Jayne Dawson reports.

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Home from Home gives family time together

A fund-raising campaign launches this week for a home from home which has helped 10,000 families. Catherine Scott reports.

The barn near Askrigg

Planning rules on Yorkshire barns ‘still mired in red tape’

OVERHAULED planning policies to provide a measure of relief for families priced out of the Yorkshire Dales have seen dozens of applications for homes passed to tackle the rural housing crisis.

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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.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Manor from heaven: Inside Britain’s biggest house

It’s spring when thoughts turn to home repairs and redecorating and we groan at the prospect of the upheaval and expense. So, spare a thought for Julie Kenny, who has just totted up the restoration costs for Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, and arrived at £50m. It’s an eye-watering sum but after pulling off the seemingly impossible task of raising the £7m needed to buy the gargantuan grade I-listed property, there is every reason to believe that the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust will achieve its goal of turning it into the “Chatsworth of South Yorkshire”.

Fitness for the mind and the body

Fitness for the mind and the body

As we start to realise that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness . Catherine Scott meets a woman helping wellbeing

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.


Spring loaded with blossom loved by bees

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

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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