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Scotney

I’m sure, like me, you’ve often coveted a garden that you’ve visited.  Maybe it’s a grand estate with sweeping vistas, or a  beautiful garden building that takes your eye  or perhaps   somewhere that has wonderful planting. What wouldn’t we … Continue reading

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The Gibberd Garden

Wednesday was escape day in north London – the first visit to a garden for many long months. Thank goodness it was sunny, although I think even if it had been pouring with rain the planned escape would still have … Continue reading

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“Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green…”

Writing a post for Christmas is never easy… unless there is an obvious  monstrosity to write about as there was in 2017 [check it out if you have managed to blank it from your mind!]  It would be easier  if … Continue reading

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Beaudesert: “a desert beautified”

Beaudesert is/was  an enormous estate in Staffordshire’, its name probably coming from the French for  the surrounding landscape – “beautiful wilderness”.  It has a reasonably well recorded architectural and contents history up to the demolition of the great Elizabethan mansion … Continue reading

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Visiting a Duke 18thc style…

At the end of last year I wrote  about the travel journals of John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington. His diaries are, unlike most 18thc published writing, quite informal in style , probably because he  had no intention of putting his … Continue reading

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