Monthly Archives: May 2021

Anne Rushout

Sometimes one stumbles across interesting people by pure chance. Today’s post is one such serendipitous discovery. I was looking for images for another post and found an interesting watercolour painting of a landscape by a woman I’d never heard of, … Continue reading

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Cottage Gardens – Cabbages and Chocolate boxes

I wrote a couple of weeks back about the origin of the cottage garden,  and today I want to take the story forward and look at how by the middle of Queen Victoria’s  reign  rural cottages and their gardens had … Continue reading

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Hever

Another recent escape from lockdown took me to Hever Castle in Kent, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  Obviously the castle itself was closed but I’d noticed a short piece  about Hever and its display of tulips  in Gardens Illustrated … Continue reading

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The Cottage Garden and its origins

We all know what a cottage garden looks like don’t we?  We might even be able to describe its main features, although a short  definitive account is quite elusive. So where does the phrase come from? When is it first … Continue reading

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Audley End’s Walled Kitchen Garden

Another lockdown escape last week took me to Audley End, near Saffron Walden in Essex.  Although the mansion itself is still closed because of Covid restrictions the extensive grounds which were completely redesigned  by Capability Brown in the mid 18thc, were open. … Continue reading

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