Tag Archives: Thomas Hill

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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Who gives a Fig…especially in Sussex?

We had a bit of a fight on our hands yesterday. Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose were arguing  in our courtyard.  Then they started to argue with us too.  It was a row about figs. We have a beautiful small … Continue reading

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Saints, Sinners, Sex and Strawberries…

Strawberries are quintessentially English. Or so you’d think. But actually they’re not. Although there are indigenous European strawberries the ones we eat are hybrids derived from a species from New England and another from Chile  introduced surreptitiously into France in … Continue reading

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Treillage

Treillage is just a posh [and French] word for trellis!  Its one of the oldest forms of garden structure and in medieval and Tudor times was often called ‘carpentry work’.  Although the idea of trelliswork sounds simple and rustic,  in … Continue reading

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The straightness of cucumbers…

Here’s a picture starter  to get you in the right mood for this week’s post. Any guesses as what it might be? Answer at the end. Did you know we had a cucumber industry in Britain? or that we’ve had … Continue reading

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