Tag Archives: John Claudius Loudon

More Monkey Puzzling

Last week I  looked at the  discovery of the Monkey Puzzle tree by Europeans and at the very first specimens introduced to Britain by Archibald Menzies, and today I’m going to look at how it was introduced to British gardens … Continue reading

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The Monkey Puzzle

If there is one unusual tree most of us will be able to name without much botanical knowledge or any reference books  it surely must be the monkey puzzle. They became very popular in the mid-late 19thc   and whenever you … 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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Fair and Square

Over the last couple of months I’ve done a series of posts about the history of the London square.  We looked at the origins of the square as an architectural form  in the 17thc, then  the development of planting in … Continue reading

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Transplanting Trees

  A 250 year old wild pear tree hit the news headlines recently [Oct 20th 2020] for the second time in recent years.  In 2015 it was voted Britain’s Tree of the Year but the latest mention was no cue … Continue reading

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