Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hyacinths

At this time of year my favourite smell is hyacinths. Close packed into every conceivable sort of container they made ideal presents for Christmas,  but they are still be available for sale everywhere to bring a wonderful touch of spring scent and colour whatever the … Continue reading

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Clarence Elliott: garden writer and alpine specialist

This post was inspired by an information board in the Alpine Garden area of Wisley. But unless you’re an alpine plant aficionado  or a fan of gardening columns in long-defunct magazines, you probably haven’t heard of  the person mentioned on … Continue reading

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A conversation with Arthur Devis

In the early 18thc a style of portraiture developed, known as the conversation piece, which often depicted the sitter or sitters outside in a garden or parkland setting.  The greatest exponent of this style was Arthur Devis, who painted the … Continue reading

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Sir Charles Isham: “A Gulliver amongst the Lilliputians”

Although this post is about Sir Charles Isham, it’s also about garden gnomes.  If you didn’t smile at the thought of  a whole blogpost about twee garden ornaments in dubious taste, you probably grimaced or shuddered at the prospect because gnomes do seem to … Continue reading

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