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Scaly stowaway: lizard makes an appearance at Chelsea flower show

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Visitors to Chelsea flower show come from all over the country, and range from senior royals to interested gardeners looking for some new plants. This year, however, there has been a rather special guest – a common br...

Late flowering: the Chelsea flower show is finally back – but what will it look like in autumn?

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Say what you like about the Chelsea flower show – expensive, crowded, a little superficial? – the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual spring fixture wields considerable influence over gardening trends. Before the pan...

Chelsea flower show: a garden with a green message for the green-fingered

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A week before the opening of the UK’s most prestigious flower show, the site is full of JCBs and people in hi-vis vests with steel-capped boots. Some gardens still look like construction sites, including part of the R...

Plantwatch: sticky carnivorous flower stalks that feast on fruit flies

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A plant has been found turning to carnivory only when it flowers. Triantha occidentalis has flower stalks smothered in small sticky hairs that are a deathtrap for small flies and beetles. Although many other plants ha...

Turning to pumpkins: autumn changes face of Chelsea flower show

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Pumpkins, grasses and seed-heads take centre stage at the Chelsea flower show as the deep, rich hues of autumn replace the fresh pastel spring palette usually on show over the event’s 108-year history. Forced to cance...

Chelsea Flower Show is late this year…

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Chelsea Flower Show is my favourite time of year. To someone who loves both plants and design, it’s like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one. Except in 2021, for the fi...

Flower power: a florist’s cottage blooms in the dark

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In florist Keith Dawson’s garden, the predominant colour is green. Hedges of hornbeam line the long alleyways, creating intimate paths that open into a wide lawn with a hawthorn tree at its centre, the focal point of ...

Luz: The Flower of Evil review – arty horror strangely mutes its women

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This bold and disturbing arthouse horror from first-time feature director Juan Diego Escobar Alzate feels like it could be set sometime in the 19th century. It’s about a tiny religious cult based in the wildly beautif...

‘Anyone can garden’: Hampton Court flower show puts community centre stage

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As the UK’s biggest flower show opens its gates for the first time since the pandemic, the Royal Horticultural Society is on a mission to persuade visitors that gardening is for everyone. The RHS Hampton Court Palace ...

‘Orchidelirium’: how a modern-day flower madness is fuelling the illegal trade

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John Deer runs a peculiar operation. As Kew Gardens’ security manager it is his job to protect the 1.8 million people that visit every year. It is also his job to make sure plants and cuttings do not vanish from the b...

Man in court accused of murdering north London flower seller

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A 21-year-old man has appeared at the Old Bailey accused of fatally stabbing a flower seller. James Peppiatt allegedly attacked Tony Eastlake, his late mother’s partner, with a household-style knife after an altercati...

Man charged with murder of London flower seller

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A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a flower seller who was fatally stabbed close to his stall in north London, the Metropolitan police said. Tony Eastlake, 55, died from a knife wound after being at...

Flower power: how one company is beautifying the wind turbine

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Tulips and flowers could help harness the power of the wind, after a green energy company came up with its own spin on wind power in an “eco-art” design. Flower Turbines, based in the US and the Netherlands, has insta...

Man, 20, arrested on suspicion of murdering London flower seller

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a flower seller in north London at the weekend. Tony Eastlake, 55, died from a knife wound close to his stall on Essex Road in Islington on Saturday. P...

Tributes follow stabbing of north London flower seller

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Tributes have flooded in for a flower seller who was stabbed to death close to his stall in north London on Saturday afternoon. Tony Eastlake, 55, died from a knife wound after being attacked in Islington just before ...

Fatal attraction: rare corpse flower draws hundreds of onlookers

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More than 1,000 people have flocked to an abandoned gas station in the San Francisco Bay Area to get a whiff of a corpse flower, named for the stench it emits when it blooms, which has been compared to rotting flesh. ...