Monthly Archives: April 2013

MY NEW ALLOTMENT

I have JUST started work on my new allotment. It is Denton, Northamptonshire, the village I lived in for many years when I was younger. I seem to have drawn the short straw and have a plot at the bottom

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More TV Plant Errors

Another TV plant error. During Endeavour, the prequel to Morse, somebody mentioned that a person had been killed using digitoxin. ‘Ah. belladonna’, somebody else said. Wrong. Digitoxin, hardly surprisingly, derives from Digitalis, the foxglove. Belladonna is used to extract atropine.

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Seed Sowing

I have spent the morning sorting and sowing seeds. My least favourite job was removing the seeds from the very prickly heads of the Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, as it means getting pricked and cut hands. I always start the thistle

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PLANTS ON TV

During the ‘High Art of the Low Countries’ programme on BBC4, the presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon discussed the painting ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ painted by Hieronymus Bosch. He remarked that the people holding strawberries were showing a recent discovery from

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