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Sandy’s Garden ... The Oregon Grape

Bernard McMahon was born in, or about, 1775 in Ireland.

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Sandy’s Garden ... More about common or garden neonicotinoids

The story so far: Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides which farmers, plant nurseries and gardeners spray to kill aphids and root-feeding grubs.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Common or Garden Neonicotinoids

A word which has taken its place in the horticultural vocabulary in recent years is the lengthy – and difficult to spell – ‘neonicotinoids’.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Belladonna

I visit the charming town of Garda on the shore of Lake Garda … Lago di Garda, if one wishes to be a tad pretentious … at least once every year and more often if opportunity arises.

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Sandy’s Garden .. Changing Weed

The subject of weeds is one which is seldom too far from the forefront of the gardener’s mind.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Pursley

Sometimes, as I have remarked before, my mind behaves very much like a butterfly on a fine summer day, flitting – apparently aimlessly – from one stopping point to the next before fluttering on.

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Sandy’s Garden ... 1,1’ Dimethyl -4, 4’ Bipyridylium Ion

No, I didn’t know what it is either … until recently.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Blaeberries

I have no idea why ‘blaeberries’ burst into my mind recently.

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Sandy’s Garden .. Scorzonera

I have, on occasion, referred to The Scots Gard’ner by John Reid, one of the most successful garden designers of his day.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Sedum Spectabile or should that be Hylotelephium Spectabile?

One of the popular varieties of a plant which I know as sedum spectabile is ‘Autumn Joy’.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Hypericum

A man spent three hard days digging a ten-metre trench in my garden to accept the foundations of a small extension we were having built.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Crowberry

At the beginning of August, we … Ailsa and I … spent a most enjoyable weekend with Italian friends in Stonehaven.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Portulaca Grandiflora

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column about a plant with the botanical name Portulaca gilliesii.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Myrtle

One might well describe myrtle … and it might be better to refer to this shrub by its proper botanical name of Myrtus … as ‘the vanishing genus’.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Portulaca Gilliesii

My word processor lives in a room which we call ‘the utility room’.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Hydrangeas

I am at the moment admiring a magnificent hydrangea which is in full bloom and in full view from where I am sitting at home.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Shetland Monkeyflower

Universities are sometimes regarded as academic institutions.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Shasta Daisy

In my world, Burbank is still the home of the Lockheed Aviation Company.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Eyebright

Earlier this year, Angus Smith described the Kinneil Local Nature Reserve – the Kinneil LNR – to the members of the Probus Club of Polmont.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Another Unwelcome Visitor

Earlier this year, I wrote about finding a slug ensconced in our utility room, speculating on how it might have found its way in.

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