Tag Archives: Roses

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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Lady Charlotte and “the job six times too big”

Last week’s post looked at the plant hunting activities of Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe who travelled around Burma between 1897 and 1921. Today’s continues her story. In 1913 her husband Sir Otway was posted to Maymyo a small hill station 26 … Continue reading

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Lord & Lady Penzance show their breeding…

Todays post is about a senior Victorian divorce and ecclesiastical court judge who  was a fellow of the Royal Geographical and Anthropological Societies,  and, believe it or not,  a member of the Cannibal Club.  He also thought that Francis Bacon wrote … Continue reading

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A Maiden’s Blush: the first book of Roses

The British Library Rare Books room is not usually the place where people get over-excited, but occasionally there are Eureka moments. Sometimes they’re the result of long patient reference checking when you realise your original hypothesis is true, or ploughing … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey

Just under a century ago two wealthy Anglo-American brothers, fanatical about horse racing bought a stud farm near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. They also  wanted to enjoy the life of the huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ set in the English … Continue reading

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