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The Garden at Lion Rock

Where is the oldest extant garden complex in the world?  To be honest I don’t know – let me know if you do – but today’s  post is about what must be one of the contenders for that title.   … Continue reading

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A Life in Miniature

A recent email from my friend Twigs Way had the headline “This is just SO quirky . .”  Clicking it open I found  a hyperlink and the message: “thought I would send it to a fellow lover of the ‘strange … Continue reading

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Mr. Saul of Lancaster

One of things that I’ve always found fascinating about the history of gardens is the inventiveness of gardeners, and I don’t think there’s a period in horticultural history quite as inventive as the early 19thc.  That doesn’t mean that their … Continue reading

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Fireworks Part 2: Marvellous Contrivances and Warlike Music

MUSIC AND FIREWORKS!   By the 17thc the most important state occasions and civic events called for pageants, processions, ceremonies and often  included extravagant firework displays too.   A new generation of gunners used their military skills with gunpowder to devise  entertainments as well as weaponry. Fireworks … Continue reading

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Fireworks – part 1: Here be Dragons!

In honour of the fact that November 5th is looming on the calendar I thought I’d be topical and  investigate the history of fireworks in our parks and gardens. I soon discovered that  fireworks have very little to do with … Continue reading

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