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Sandy’s Garden ... The Marigold and the Rose

Even as I write this, Donald J. Trump, 45th and current President of the United States, is at Turnberry, a mere 74 miles from Falkirk by the shortest route.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Flaming June

Last year, as regular readers may recall, we decided to abandon the perennial struggle with our ‘natural’ grass.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Lady’s Bedstraw

Murdo Morrison, a Lewisman by birth and a good personal friend, spoke recently with the members of the Probus Club of Polmont about the Harris Tweed.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Maiden Pink

I was returning to Falkirk on a bus whose journey had started in Fankerton.

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Sandy’s Garden .. Gardener, Spare that Bee

“How doth the little busy bee/Improve each shining hour/And gather honey all the day/From every opening flower!”

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Sandy’s Garden ... Forget-Me-Not

On a recent evening, one of many when there was nothing on any of the many free television channels which appealed to me.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Loganberry

Some years ago, we cruised more than once with an American cruise director by the name of Jamie Logan.

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Sandy’s Garden ... Iberis Semperflorens

I was idly browsing … and admiring, I might add … the variety and quality of the plants on offer in one of the local independent garden centres when pots of Iberis semperflorens caught my eye.

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It's not good news for Scottish residents with a phobia of creepy crawlies (Photo: Charlesjsharp / Wikimedia Commons)

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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