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The most important buildings in London – those with the greatest social significance for the mass of its people and those which have made the greatest visual impact on the capital – are council houses. In 1981, at peak, there were 769,996 council homes in the capital and they housed near 31 percent of its population. […]

via Open House London, 2017: A Tour of the Capital’s Council Housing — Municipal Dreams

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Do a search for Māori weaving and you’ll turn up plenty. What you see in today’s picture, though, is nature’s own weaving in New Zealand in the form of some dry fronds hanging from a tree fern that caught my attention at the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley on March 5th. © 2017 Steven Schwartzman

via New Zealand: weaving — Portraits of Wildflowers

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The highlight of a recent trip to West Cornwall was Tremenheere Garden, near Penzance. It announces itself as a sculpture garden as soon you arrive; a slate monolith from a former Chelsea garden by Darren Evans rises up (above)and on the hill behind, a series of ancient stone pillars sway in the wind. (This is…

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This second post marking Open House London on 16-17 September offers a broadly chronological, whistle-stop tour of the municipal seats of government featured, in various forms – some grand, some humble – this weekend. (Open House venues are picked out in bold; the links related to previous blog posts.) It’s appropriate then to begin with […]

via Open House London 2017: Town Halls – Civic Pride and Service — Municipal Dreams

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Unusual Flower Bulbs for Woodland and Shade It is a great time of the year to look at the dark corners of our gardens and start planning some colour for them. I have picked my top 5 of unusual flowering bulbs that will give colour from March until July, as when one bulb finishes flowering…

via Unusual Flower Bulbs for Woodland and Shade — Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

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Beyond the Mophead…

I recently had the great pleasure of spending three hours walking round the garden of the 82 year old hydrangea expert and breeder, Maurice Foster. Despite the fact the temperature had plummeted from 28º the previous day, to 13º – and it was pouring with rain throughout – I loved every moment and came away…

via Hydrangeas – Beyond the Mop Head — The Enduring Gardener

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Renewable Norway….

By Gemma Lakin ~ Marketing Executive at Mitsubishi Electric After visiting Norway, Gemma Lakin looks at how the country has embraced renewable technology. Last month I had the pleasure of visiting in the beautiful country of Norway. We spent the weekend kayaking and walking through the idyllic Nærøyfjord and during my short time spent there…

via What lessons can the UK learn from Norway? — SPECIFIER REVIEW

Book Review – Secret Gardens of East Anglia. A Private Tour of 22 Gardens. By Barbara Segall and photos by Marcus Harpur.

via Book Review – Secret Gardens of East Anglia. — The Cynical Gardener

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Hull, part 2….

We left Hull in last week’s post standing, figuratively at least, in its civic heart, Queen Victoria Square. We’re looking at municipal Hull – the plans and promises as well as proud accomplishment. Queen’s Gardens, which lie beyond Queen Victoria Square to the north-east, fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. The area was […]

via Municipal Dreams Goes to Hull, Part II: Civic grandeur, service and convenience — Municipal Dreams

Nature Rocks…

We are in a land of wild and rugged splendour. Over millions of years, earth, sea, wind and ice have sculpted the coastlines of Western Newfoundland. In Gros Morne National Park, cliffs with layered columns of shale and granite overlook tidal pools peppered with huge boulders. Further north, shallow sweeps of sandy beach skirt grassy […]

via Nature Rocks — PlayGroundology

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