Monthly Archives: August 2020

The M9 and rhizotrons

  Last week as I was picking  fruit from some small apple trees I noticed how badly grafted one of them was.   It reminded me  that a few weeks ago I wrote about the history of grafting and prompted me … Continue reading

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In the Glass Garden

  I was sorting out a huge pile of  magazines  the other day as it was raining, and found last summer’s edition of  Kew Magazine which featured an article on Dale Chihuly and his glass sculptures,  a large number of … Continue reading

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How naughty! some summer thoughts about erotic gardens

  August is traditionally the silly season in the press and today’s post is very much in that tradition. It was a bit of a surprise when I was searching for an image of garden statuary the other day on … Continue reading

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Immortalising the ephemeral: The painter, his patrons and their plants

  I wrote recently about the gardens and the greenhouse that Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, created at Malmaison near Paris.   Employing some of the leading botanists and gardeners in France, and never short of a franc or two, … Continue reading

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Mapping the 16th century garden

If I told you that there were about 500 late 16thc maps and views showing landscapes and gardens from  across four continents collected together in one place you’d probably be a bit surprised.  The reason you probably don’t know about … Continue reading

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