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How naughty! some summer thoughts about erotic gardens

  August is traditionally the silly season in the press and today’s post is very much in that tradition. It was a bit of a surprise when I was searching for an image of garden statuary the other day on … Continue reading

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Growing a 4 Legged Giant

As gardeners we all know that woody plants are very adaptable.  Think  of topiary or cloud pruning, of pleaching or hedging where with a little bit of effort we can manipulate trees and shrubs into doing what we want, using … Continue reading

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Sir Frank Crisp and Friar Park

Way back in March 2017 I wrote about gnome-loving eccentric, Sir Charles Isham, and at the time thought there couldn’t be anyone else quite as besotted with the little men in red hats. But I was wrong!  Don’t be fooled by … 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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Dyffryn

I’m always a bit suspicious when people use superlatives to describe something. It’s never usually quite as good as they make out. So initially that was my reaction when I started to hear/read about Dyffryn Gardens, near Cardiff.   Just … Continue reading

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