Under the cherries - the confessions of a cherry perv!

Under the cherries – the confessions of a cherry perv!

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Back in the seventeeth century, poet Matsuo Basho wrote: ‘Under cherry trees, Soup, the salad, fish and all… Seasoned with petals.’ He was summing up, with almost modern, twitter-like brevity, the already long established Japanese practice of hanami – viewing, and picnicking whilst viewing, cherry blossom. Google if you are not familiar with the hanami. It […]

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Magnolia Madness - garden design goes insanely busy!

Magnolia Madness – garden design goes insanely busy!

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

‘Garden design – its gone all hothousey‘ I said to Lesley the other day. She just looked like: ‘What’s he on about now?’ But there was a reason I said it. I once looked after a tropical house and there was always about that greenhouse an intensity, heat, exoticism, the atmosphere almost of a growth chamber. Everything […]

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Allium triquetrum? Don't even go there!

Allium triquetrum? Don’t even go there!

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yesterday was wall to wall sunshine in Southville, As I stopped the car to take this pic of Allium triquetrum, also known as The Three Cornered Leek the streets were thronged with people strolling in the unaccustomed warmth. It is only our generally lousy weather which holds us back from the urban chic of mainland Europe. For example […]

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God's Garden is open today!

God’s Garden is open today!

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

‘A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot! Rose plot, Fringed pool. Ferned grot- The veriest school Of peace; and yet the fool Contends that god is not – Not God! in gardens when the eve is cool? Nay, but I have a sign; ‘Tis very sure God walks in mine.’ Like the annoying jingle […]

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