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Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

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Sadny’s Garden ... Brexit and Immigrant Plants

The world-famous Chelsea Flower Show opens its doors to the public on Tuesday May 22.

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete is one of Mollie Hughes' favourite Scottish walks (Photo: Shutterstock)

7 of the best walks in Scotland - according to an Everest climber

Edinburgh mountaineer Mollie Hughes reveals her seven favourite climbs in Scotland.
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Mollie Hughes has summited Mount Everest twice

How Scotland's mountains prepared Mollie Hughes for Everest

Edinburgh mountaineer Mollie Hughes explains how living in Scotland prepared her for record-breaking climb of Mount Everest.
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Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry is a great weekend getaway (Photo: Contributed)

10 three-night summer staycations in Scotland for less than £300

Whether you're planning a romantic trip for two, a family excursion or a group holiday with a difference - we’ve put together a list of fantastic places to stay here in Scotland.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Oh, Sugar

“Fairtrade sugar helps improve farmers’ harvests in Corozal,” read the label on the single-portion wrap of demerara sugar which I picked up in the café of a local garden centre recently.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Queen Mary’s Thorn

Recently, my wife and I visited St. Andrews, the university town where we first met an almost-unbelievable sixty years ago – sixty very happy years, I should add.

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The Fisherfield Forest Munros contain two of Scotlands least climbed mountains (Photo: Shutterstock)

The 10 wildest and least climbed Munros in Scotland

Head into the wilderness and take on one of the most remote Munros.
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Sandy’s Garden ... Flatworms are Back

Well, strictly, flatworms are back in the public eye.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Thomas Telford and the Swedish Whitebeam

Count Baltazar Bogislaus von Platen was the son of a Swedish field marshal who didn’t follow his father but became a senior naval officer.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Coffee from Brazil

“A politician’s daughter/was accused of drinking water/and was fined a great big fifty dollar bill/they’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil”.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Charity Begins ... in the Garden?

The disruption wrought by the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ at the beginning of March brought home how utterly dependent we are on regular, guaranteed supplies of foodstuffs.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Feijos

Forty-four years have passed since Roger and Mary Mead began making yogurt on their farm.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Ivy

Sixty years have passed since Mr and Mrs Bush, a couple with whom I was acquainted during several of the years when I was economically active, decided to christen their new-born daughter ‘Ivy’.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Tulip Divisions

Association football is moving into its final phases of the 2017-2018 season.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Hepatica

The conversation round the dinner table must have been rather less than scintillating.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Turmeric

Shopping is not exactly my favourite pastime.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Chilled Brussels Sprout

In December 2016, CBeebies – the children’s television station – visited the farms of W&R Logan Ltd in East Lothian.

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Sandy’s Garden .. An Environmental Rant

As regular readers of this column know, I am a fair-weather gardener whose enthusiasm for horticultural pursuits is at a low ebb during the cold months of winter.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Fennel

February is not a month which inspires me to spend long hours in my garden.

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