THE 1986 Salmon Act states – as if you didn’t know – that anyone ‘handling salmon [or fish] in suspicious circumstances’ will be punished. That’s why you shouldn’t loiter outside a bank or betting shop to eat a salmon sandwich – just in case.
Some rules, though, are made to be broken, and this week I’ve been in flagrant disregard of the conventions of dahlia cultivation. After a summer of searching, I’ve finally tracked down one of my all-time favourite varieties, Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’.
With deep-pink petals suffused with silver, the flowers glow like Orion’s Belt in a clear and moonless sky, and being a single, they’re a magnet for bees that harvest pollen from the fluffy buttons of golden stamens.
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Toby decides which plants to ‘tuck up’ for winter so they are primed for growth in spring next year
Mists and mellow Fruitfulness
The late-November garden has so much to offer and can be made to reflect the gentle observations of the great poet John Keats, says Anne Swithinbank
Playing it cool
Peter considers the effect that cool rooms have on plants
Val looks at how climate change may affect toad numbers
Create impressive borders by using hard-working plants that flower over a long period, have striking foliage or perform in more than one season, says Hazel Sillver
A plantsman's choice
G.R. Kingsbourn reveals some of his favourite plants from the 1950s
Be careful what you wish for!
Val explains how her new cat is just a part-time visitor
My climber didn't flower
Q I have been waiting patiently for my cup and saucer vine to flower. The seeds were sown in April and plants grew well to about 3ft (90cm), but so far no buds. Should I give up now?
There’s a surprising number of fragrant flowering shrubs that you can plant now to cheer up your late-autumn gardens, says Graham Rice, as he reveals his favourites
Grow the best garlic
A culinary staple with health-giving and flavour-enhancing benefits, garlic is easy to grow if you plant the right varieties at the optimum time, says Camilla Phelps
The Omnific – Wizards of Oz
The Australian trio The Omnific make music like no other band—with two bassists, a drummer, and a whole lot of genius. We meet Matt Fack and Toby Peterson-Stewart
THE CLASSIC J CLASS AND THE LATEST SPIRIT 111MAY BE 90 YEARS APART, BUT THEY SHARE A COMMON THEME
SECRETS OF BOAT THE TESTERS
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH YACHT IS RIGHT FOR YOU? WILL BRUTON GETS EXPERT ADVICE FROM SAILORS WHO TEST DRIVE BOATS FOR A LIVING…
Ever Thought About Breaking Free, Abandoning Your Responsabilities, Running Away From Your Life?
Toby Dorr's Great Escape
A Change of Plans
I lay awake in bed, bleary-eyed from a night of drinking, exhausted yet unable to sleep. I hated living like this but felt powerless to stop.
The Puzzling Pendennis Club Cocktail
Investigative bartender Toby Cecchini on an exquisite pink gin drink and the club in Louisville, Kentucky, that forgot how to make it.
‘ Toby and I are taking each day as it comes'
Love Island runner-up Chloe Burrows tells new the spark is still very much there between her and boyfriend Toby Aromolaran
Anxious travellers scramble to fly out of southern Africa
JOHANNESBURG/THE HAGUE • Anxious travellers thronged Johannesburg international airport and stood in long queues on Friday, desperate to squeeze onto the last flights to countries that had just shut their doors to South Africa.
The challenges of the pandemic reminded Canadians how much joy we get from our pets and prompted a flurry of furry adoptions. We invited readers to tell us about their new family members. Here are some of our favourites.
If you’re moving to the country and need interiors and antiques emporiums near you, these are the towns to head to