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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’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’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’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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Sandy’s Garden ... The Tattie

“The centrepiece of any good Burns’ Supper menu is the iconic haggis, or as the bard himself described it, the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race’.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Some Notes of Caution About Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a perennial plant which flourishes in subtropical and tropical locations.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Carnations

January is not the easiest month of the year in which to find flowers, which are much more abundant in the summer months.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Coral Berry

“The season of Epiphany beginning on January 6th includes four to nine Sundays before Lent.”

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Sandy’s Garden ... Wintersweet

I was struck recently by words which I read in The Gardener’s Perpetual Almanack, a volume of horticultural wisdom first published in 1997.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Brussels Sprouts

There are some verbal Scotticisms which somehow make a greater impact on the listener than the conventional English expressions which they replace.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Euphornias – Bleeding Plants

Everyone is familiar with at least one member of the huge family of plants called Euphorbiaceae.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Christmas Trees of New Year Trees?

“Fresh Christmas Trees” the roadside notice boasted, pointing the traveller along an access road.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Wandering Willie

Conversations sometimes trigger unexpected associations in the deep recesses of my mind.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Physalis

Casually browsing among the fruit and vegetable shelves in a local supermarket some time ago, I noticed that there was a modest quantity of physalis.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Skirret

One damp morning recently, I was casually browsing The GARDNER’S KALENDAR.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Memories

Every so often, I am cruelly reminded that I used to have a good memory.

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Sandy’s Garden ... The Great Elm Tree Mystery

Ophiostoma ulmi – and a gold star goes to any reader familiar with this name.

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Sandy’s Garden ... How Turnips Became Pumpkins

I was shopping in one of my local supermarkets on the penultimate Saturday in October when I caught sight of a family.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Gerbera

I was wondering what to take to friends as a small present in recognition of their invitation to join them for dinner.

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