My aunt, Krystyna Gaffney, who has died of a brain aneurysm aged 64, worked in the examinations department at Newcastle University for 25 years.She went on to study biological science at the University of East Anglia where she met the love of her life – Paul Gaffney, a tall, softly spoken Geordie with a mop of dark curls.
Tofu and kimchi are like the good cop/bad cop of food.
Tie in your plants
Tie in your sweet pea plants as they grow, using soft garden twine - plants with a strong support will grow stronger, with straighter stems.
All around the world, communities have been coming together to help raise spirits both in their neighbourhood and around the world.We've seen videos of people exercising on balconies, playing music together, and greeting newborn babies from outside windows.
For those of us who have to self-isolate in the coming months, gardening can be a great escape.The best news is, you don’t even need a garden to get these benefits.
I have fallen for a very ordinary sort of plant; the small woodlander, Ajuga reptans, or bugle.It’s a native that’s fond of damp forest floors, where it creates a dense carpet of small blue flowers that are delightful: not showy or spectacular, just rather lovely and flowering right through to early summer.
A blue tit.‘A blue tit alights on the wall of the house and begins inspecting every cranny in the stonework, pausing every second to check its surroundings.
Pasqueflowers bring colour to gravel gardens.GALASSO/De Agostini via Getty Images
Plant this The purple goblets of the pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) start emerging now, bringing colour to gravel gardens and food for hungry pollinators.