LARGE glass of wine, or thimble? Good things, contrary to the old saying, can come in big packages, except perhaps when it comes to climbers…
I’ve learnt this lesson (again) after planting what looked like an innocent maidenhair vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa – easy for you to say!) to cascade atop the wall of our drive. Maidenhair vines have always been popular with florists for adding froth and frou-frou to bouquets, but their popularity is spreading because their wiry ebony stems and small leaves, as glossy as a newly minted penny, make great Insta fodder.
But while they might look delicate in a pot, five years after planting mine, a day spent in a tug of war while hacking at the shallow roots is proof that it’s anything but.
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The coming of cosmos
Warmer temperatures, new varieties and the greater accessibility of plugs have made comos a must-have plant for gardens this summer, says Graham Rice
Focus on... Vertical gardening
If space is tight, worry not, as you can still grow fruit and veg if you are prepared to raise your game. Lucy explains how you can take edible gardens to new heights
The beautiful game
Gardening is a lot like football, says Toby, as he presents some clever tricks you need to try before the final whistle
It's time to water
After a dry spring, Ruth shows how to maximise water It’s time to water
Time to get tough
Do you understand hardening off, or know if you’re doing it right? Bob explains how to ‘toughen up’ your plants
Rooms with a view
Plan your plantings to favour your windows
Pruning early bloomers
Ruth cuts back the year’s first flowering shrubs
While not true asters, half-hardy China asters come in a gorgeous array of tastefully soft colours and can be planted straight into the ground in May, says Graham Rice
Create your own Herb garden
Herbs can be used to heal, add flavour to food and are beautiful to look at. As many are also easy to grow, why not add some to your garden, says Camilla Phelps
Dealing with late frosts
Don’t pack away garden thermals just yet
A Big Sky Adventure
FROM THE MAGIC CITY OF THE PLAINS TO THE LITTLE BIGHORN AND THE “GRANDEST” TRADING POST OF THE FUR TRADE, A ROAD TRIP THROUGH EASTERN MONTANA OFFERS NO SHORTAGE OF FRONTIER FUN.
Bears & Gobblers
SPRING BEAR & TURKEY IN MONTANA
PART 2: WILDLIFE, NATIONAL TREASURES, AND EXTREME WHEELING
Hard Work and Evolution with Tattoo Artist Autumn Hudson
Assassin's Creed Valhalla (for PC): Another Winner
The Assassin’s Creed series has taken us to numerous historical settings since its 2007 debut, including Ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, and Revolutionary War-era America. The newest installment, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, details the Viking invasion of 9th Century England from the perspective of history’s most notorious raiders. Though Valhalla doesn’t introduce anything wholly new to the series, it’s an excellent PC game that follows in the footsteps of its equally exceptional predecessors, Origins and Odyssey.
SECOND TIME AROUND
After a shady shop pulled a huge scam restoring his 1969 Camaro, the owner ended up building the car of his dreams
PART 1: INTO AMERICA’S WILDERNESS
INCREDIBLY LONG SHOTS
WESTERN HUNTER'S BEST FRIEND: OPTICS
Learning to be effective behind the glass is a huge advantage out West.
PEARLS of WISDOM
Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam returns with a solo project, American Death Squad, and advice that applies to all of us.