Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 on the Blog

It’s now 3 years to the day that I started this blog and after a bit of an erratic start it has been  appearing regularly every Saturday mornings. This is the 152nd post! Readership  hit 37,700 this year compared with … Continue reading

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Shirley’s Hints on Christmas Decorations…

I was scratching my head about what to do for a festive post, following on from writing about poinsettia in 2014 [ post ] and mistletoe in 2015 [post] … everything I could think of was so  hackneyed or so twee … Continue reading

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Upton House & the Bearsteds

Last week’s post gave an introduction to the history and  garden design of Upton House, near Banbury which is now in the hands of the National Trust. Although the underlying structure dates from the very end of the 17th/early 18thc, … Continue reading

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A Garden of surprises: Upton House

Upton is a surprise: let me correct that, Upton is a series of surprises. I happened to be passing reasonably close by and was looking for somewhere to break the journey. So I checked the  flash new National Trust website to … Continue reading

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John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie was one of the 18th century’s most prolific gardening writers, although he was initially shy of his talents and didn’t really start writing until he was 50 and even then under someone else’s name.  But from there he went … Continue reading

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