Tag Archives: Stephen Switzer

Batty’s arti-natural Principles

The wonderfully named Batty Langley was a gardener’s son who followed in his fathers footsteps and then turned surveyor, landscape gardener, artificial stone maker, would-be architect and garden designer, as well as prolific author.  Well  he had to do something … Continue reading

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Peas, perfect peas

Move over Capability Brown, you have to share your year of fame with peas!  It has probably slipped your notice (as I confess it did mine) but the United Nations has declared 2016 to be the ‘International Year of Pulses’ (IYP) , … Continue reading

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The Golden Bough

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Mistletoe would it? So this is the first of a couple of posts about this  mystical  plant and the traditions surrounding it which are, according to Richard Mabey, ” amongst Northern Europe’s last surviving remnants … Continue reading

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Snaths, nibs, chines & very sharp dengles…

No, its not an extract from a Frankie Howard or Kenneth Williams script [giving my age away there] but something to do with the traditional centrepiece of most English gardens: the lawn. Nowadays its a relatively easy job to cut … Continue reading

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