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Street art…

In the last couple of years I have come to appreciate street art. I now go out of my way to see street art and even go on street art walking tours if they are offered. There are so many reasons why people love street art and why it is becoming more popular or important […]

via Reasons Why Street Art is Important — Janaline’s world journey

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Around 1600, the Tokugawa family became the dominant power in feudal Japan. The Emperor was essentially a figurehead. The Tokugawas moved the administrative capital from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo), while the Imperial Court remained in Kyoto. Nijo Castle, completed in 1628, was built as the Kyoto residence for the head of the Tokugawa family – […]

via Kyoto’s Nijo Castle — gardeninacity

Hellebores…

More flower picture indulgence for you all, with thanks to super photographer, Charles Hawes. (and me) (you can play at guessing which is which.) Not from Veddw this time, but from a trip to Ashwood Nurseries. We took a Trip with the Garden Media Group. Working with hellebores.. First stop – the stock! Just…

via Hellebores this time! — Veddw

Oasis…

Where can we start to tell you what a privilege it is to stay at Casa de Sezim in Guimarães? This manor house is the perfect place to experience the glamour of aristocratic life. The house is built around a tower that remounts to 1376. The magnificent salons and the expansive veranda were added in the […]

via An 18th century oasis — Salt of Portugal

Kent Coal Housing…

For two thousand years, the ‘peaceful undulating country of East Kent’ had pursued ‘an agricultural and seaside existence, perturbed by nothing more agitating than an ephemeral military conquest or so!’ But in 1931, as Patrick Abercrombie noted, a new coalfield seemed destined to change all that: (1) That deep peace is now permanently invaded; for, […]

via Aylesham and the Planning of the East Kent Coalfield, Part I — Municipal Dreams

Firepits…

A chill February wind is enough to send the hardiest gardener indoors, yet people love to gather round a bonfire. Installing a firepit creates the same focal point as a fireplace does in your sitting room, drawing family and friends into a cosy bonhomie round a flame-filled bowl, and extends the use of your garden […]

via Firepits in the Garden — Jardin

Mulch…

Now. that I’m getting on with tidying the borders, it makes sense to apply a mulch at the same time. Leave it much longer and it will be far trickier to spread the mulch amongst the growing plants. But what to use? Bark mulch in the woodland area Strulch on the borders A conversation with…

via Choosing the Right Mulch — The Enduring Gardener

Kyoto…

So after Kanazawa, we took the train to Kyoto. Remember, this was in September of last year. Before it was Tokyo, Kyoto was Japan’s capital for about 800 years. Kyoto is to Tokyo sort of the way Boston is to Los Angeles. Kyoto is smaller, quieter, more refined – and with a lot more history. […]

via Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple — gardeninacity

Asparagus…

We’ve got a while yet before we get to the eagerly awaited and short-lived British asparagus season. This year it falls after the equally eagerly awaited and short-lived, but far less healthy, Easter Egg season. You can expect British asparagus to be in season from the end of April through until June. I planted some…

via Asparagus, asparagine, asparaginase — The Unconventional Gardener

Ikebana…

I was at the NW Flower and Garden Show yesterday and saw the Ikebana exhibit. The designs were so attractive and evocative I wanted to share them with you. According to a pamphlet I picked up Ikebana is described as the Art of Japanese Flower Arranging. This show was put on by the Seattle […]

via Ikebana — Gardening in Greenwood

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