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Revealed - Britain’s favourite flower

The humble garden rose has been revealed as Britain’s favourite flower.

Lifestyle
Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Ubi Es, Ranunculus?

Ranunculus, Ranunculus, / Your absence is conspicuous; / Small wonder I am querulous; / So, “Ubi es, Ranunculus?” (‘Where are you, Ranunculus?’)

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Landscaping

I returned home on a bus recently.

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Achieving the perfect summer lawn requires a methodical approach

Top tips: How to maintain your lawn this summer

Getting out into the garden and enjoying your lawn requires some hard work to keep it looking tip top.

Lifestyle

Owner says range deserves fighting chance

The owner of a new computer shooting range in Falkirk defended his decision to use deactivated firearms in his business.

Business
reginal d hunter comedian

Win tickets to top comedy gig

Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK with his brand new show following a hugely successful year performing across Europe.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Turf Wares

Over the years, I have not infrequently mentioned the grass in front of and behind our home.

Lifestyle
Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Passion Flower

Easter Monday is a national holiday throughout the UK and in many other countries and a day when, traditionally, Easter eggs are rolled.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Nutmeg

We are approaching the end of the season of Lent.

Lifestyle
Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Narcissus Poeticus

“I am a member of the kingdom of the Plantae.”

Outdoors
Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Nodding Daffodils

My trusty and much-thumbed copy of The Gardener’s Perpetual Almanack nominates the nodding daffodil – Narcissus nutans – as the flower for March 16.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Vermin

I have referred previously to my current habit of casually browsing The Gardner’s Kalendar.

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5 beautiful Scottish beaches you may not have heard of

5 beautiful Scottish beaches you may not have heard of

Scots may be more than able to withstand Arctic weather, but there’s no denying the pull of fairer climates as the cold winter season rages on.

Outdoors
Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Hyacinth

I like the look of hyacinths and would happily have a colourful bowl of this fragrant flowering plant gracing my home.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Daffodils and Leeks

Welsh and Irish ex-patriots share, with ex-patriot Scots, a love of the customs of their home countries.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Frost

I consulted my Chambers Book of Days a Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in connection with the Calendar recently.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Saint Valentine and Red Roses

Many people call February 14 “Valentine’s Day”, but some prefer the older “Saint Valentine’s Day” and my diary informs me it is “St. Valentine’s Day”.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Violets

One of the so-called ‘birth flowers’ for the month of February is the violet.

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Affordable fun on the water for youngsters could be a thing of the past if the Falkirk Outdoor Activities are axed

Budget pressures could spell end for outdoor activities

Campaigners have a mountain to climb if they want to retain Falkirk Outdoor Activities after this year’s council budget.

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Sandy Simpson

Sandy’s Garden ... Succory

A few weeks ago, I recorded in this column that, on a recent damp morning, I was casually browsing The GARD’NER’S KALENDAR.

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