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Mystical Jesuits…

We have a major weakness for a Portuguese pastry called “jesuita.” Its shape and color resemble the habits of Jesuit monks, hence the name. The “jesuita” was invented more than a century ago by a Spanish pastry chef who worked in Santo Tirso, a town in the north of Portugal. It combines puff pastry with […]

via Mystical jesuits — Salt of Portugal

Reggie’s Beans

I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful picture of our friends’ son Reggie. Last Harvest time he came along to see me on my stall at the Harvest Festival event at the local church, where children (and adults) could sow a Broad Bean seed to take home in a pot, nurture on the windowsill and plant out in late autumn…here’s the result! (I must say it’s rather more impressive than my own efforts). Well done Reggie!

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Windsor Cottage…

Looking back to a sunny summer’s day! Off down the A49 trunk road into Herefordshire for another visit to enjoy a fellow NGS, Yellow book garden. Windsor Cottage is near the village of Dilwyn and described as a wildlife friendly half-acre garden which has just completed a 5 year redesign. This proved to be […]

via Another Yellow Book Garden: Windsor Cottage — greenbenchramblings

Standen Restored…

A five year restoration project at one of the country’s most important Arts and Crafts gardens has been completed at the National Trust’s Standen in West Sussex. The impressive house at Standen, with its breath-taking views over the High Weald and Weir Wood Reservoir, was designed for James Beale and his family in the late […]

via 1920s Arts and Crafts garden returns to its heyday as five year restoration is completed at Standen — National Trust Press Office


Speke, lying just over seven miles south-east of Liverpool’s city centre, wasn’t planned as just another large council estate. The Corporation envisaged it as a ‘satellite town…planned to accommodate all classes of the community’. (1) At times, the reach of that ambition must have seemed close to fulfilment but by the 1980s some called it […]

via The Speke Estate, Liverpool: a ‘satellite town…planned to accommodate all classes of the community’ — Municipal Dreams

Do it: containers You will need plenty of pots, plants, labels, grit and moss Step 1 Now the danger of frost has passed it is time to get creative with your summer container displays. Planting in pots, troughs or hanging baskets is a great way to create a focal point or hide unsightly features. Use…

via Monthly Masterclass: May — Winterbourne House and Garden

Bees and Beasties…

Colourful beehives were much in evidence whenever we walked in the countryside, but we were warned to steer well clear because the bees are a far more fearsome race than our placid British bees. At this time of year their main food source is the invasive acacia, so there may well be resistance to their…

via Bees & Beasties — The Enduring Gardener

Outdoor Classroom Day on 18 May is a day to step outside the classroom and climb the ladder of outdoor learning and play.

via Join in a global day to change the way children learn and play — Rethinking Childhood

En route to Glasgow – over the clouds, somewhere in the Lake DistrictThe Pineapple – an extraordinary architectural feat, on the way to EdinburghPitmuies – a captivating garden on the way to AberdeenEdzell Castle – a ruin with attitude, helped by the bright blue skiesCrarae – a Himalayan garden in the heart of Argyll and…

via Wednesday Walkabout – Great Gardens of Scotland — The Galloping Gardener

I’m currently learning about Permaculture Design on an online course provided by Oregon State University. It’s interesting revisitng what I know about garden and landscape design from this new perspective, and whilst a lot of the Permaculture approach has many similarities with traditional landscape design, there are some interesting new angles and ideas which enlarge the scope and address some fundamental issues like the impacts of climate change and ‘going with nature’. The course provides some fascinating links to many additional resources and I was delighted to look at one or two ‘musical takes’ on some of Permaculture’s principles by a guy called Charlie McGee. Here’s  an example (there are a number of others on Youtube) which I particularly love…all about embracing change..enjoy!

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