Monthly Archives: August 2019

The perfect monastic garden?

Happy St Fiacre’s Day!   [and if you don’t know who he is click on the link! ] which makes it a very  appropriate day for  today’s post which is all about this rather dull looking image on the right. … Continue reading

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“The Agreeable Occupation of Imitating Nature”

Today’s post is quite long but needs just a very short introduction… What do the thousands of  white roses at Queen Victoria’s wedding have in common with mediaeval nuns, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s head,  what your great-aunt Agatha probably had … Continue reading

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Burchell in Brazil

Two recent posts have looked at the plant collecting and travels of William Burchell in  St Helena and his more famous trek across South Africa.  Today’s looks at the rest of his long life and especially his long plant hunting … Continue reading

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The quirkier side of Chaumont

Last week’s post looked at the history of the chateau at Chaumont-sur-Loire, now home to the famous international garden festival. This week’s is going to look at some of the inspirational, if sometimes [ok often] quirky, gardens that have been … Continue reading

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Chaumont

I’ve just come back from visiting the garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. The great Renaissance chateau there has had a very chequered history, but for the last 28 years has been home to a wonderful celebration of gardens  unlike any other … Continue reading

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