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Josephine @ Malmaison

The story of how a 32 year widow from Martinique escaped the guillotine and then met and fell in love with the a young Corsican general during the French Revolution is the stuff of romantic novels. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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The Chinese Garden in Montreal

It was just about the last thing I expected on a short visit to  Montreal last October: a Chinese Garden.    In Europe we’ve been used to Chinoiserie  for over 300 years but while some examples are genuine imitations [if … Continue reading

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Sissinghurst: The Shock of the Old

The very word Sissinghurst conjures up the glories of the English garden.  It must be the most  photographed and written about garden in the country and it’s certainly the most popular of the National Trust’s gardens.  In fact it’s been … Continue reading

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An Englishman’s Home is his Castle – or Mr Wemmick and Me

I wrote a few months about Dickens and his garden at Gad’s Hill and also about the way he uses gardens in his novels.  Today I was  just going to look at one rather quirky Dickensian character and his rather … Continue reading

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The Pergola, Hampstead.

My favourite garden in London is very sadly currently out of bounds to the public because of covid19, although I have just taken advantage of the slight relaxation of the lockdown to walk around the outside.  But if I can’t … Continue reading

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