Interview: Dr Ian Bedford and Incredible Crab Apples

As winter comes on more birds start to visit our garden and we discuss some of the plants looking good right now. Then, our guest Dr Ian Bedford tells us about how he gardens for wildlife and insects. We also discuss a botanical mystery about the fabulous native shrub Daphne mezereum, which is followed by our native plant of the week, the incredible Crab Apple.

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