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The long struggle for women’s suffrage and the debates it inspired across the homes, workplaces and communities of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be explored in 2018 as part of the National Trust’s commemoration to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act. The 1918 Act granted some […]

via Women and Power: National Trust shines a light on women’s histories to celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage in 2018 — National Trust Press Office


Tulip Tree…

For a short while, it is the garden’s signature tree. For most of the year it holds either naked branches against sky; or else a wrap of unremarkable green – like so many other large trees at The Priory. It isn’t quite the biggest tree and it isn’t quite my favourite. But for a few […]

via Priory Trees: The Tulip Tree — The Anxious Gardener

Cogshall Grange…

Sometimes when you find a garden in the National Garden Scheme’s Yellow Book, you just know it is going to be a special place. Such was the case with the gardens at Cogshall Grange in Cheshire. The description in the book was so inviting and the reality matched it perfectly. It had been designed by […]

via Cogshall Grange – a Cheshire garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith — greenbenchramblings

Green up…

After recently becoming a homeowner, Ellina Webb has been actively pursuing ways to incorporate greenery into her home – which is easier said than done when your home is a city based apartment. Unfortunately the dream of a garden and even an urban garden are unrealistic for me at the moment, but the endless scrolling…

via Greening the city, the community and your home — Specifier Review


Zanthoxylum clava-herculis The further I get into this horticulture life the more I realize how little I know, especially of its outer edges; all that Latin derivation and categorization stuff. That used to bother me. People forever mistake me for an expert. I’m about over it. I’m in my Old Guy Mode. Sure, it’s important…

via Amo, Amas, Amat in the Garden by Bob Hill — Garden Rant

The Governor…

Just when we think that Lisbon told us all her secrets, the city finds new ways to surprise and delight us. This time we discovered a new hotel called Palácio do Governador (the governor’s palace). Located near the Tagus river, it occupies a 16th century manor house that once belonged to the governor of the […]

via The governor’s palace — Salt of Portugal

Christmas decorations…

I’ll tell you mine, if you’ll tell me yours. 🙂 I’ve always loved Christmas decorations. As a child, we always had a decorated tree, but that was the extent of the decorations. However, my grandparents had lots of decorations. My grandmother also enjoyed making wreaths and sprays with fresh greenery and winterberries. Thanksgiving weekend arrives, […]

via Christmas traditions — NewEnglandGardenAndThread


“I love it when it’s faded a little and I add a refresher dose. Gradually a darker inky black spreads across the pool, reviving and restoring the drama all over again.

via Reflections — Veddw

Norfolk Barn…

Sometimes when you choose a holiday location and select accommodation you hit the right spot. When we spent a week in Norfolk in 2017 we did just this. We booked a barn conversion with its own little nature reserve in the middle of open farmland miles from any village or town. Each morning as we […]

via Painting in a Meadow in Norfolk — greenbenchramblings

Romantic Castle…

Many visitors believe that the gardens at Cholmondeley Castle are the most romantic in England, and after each visit we have made it is hard to disagree. Jude, the Undergardener and I visited in mid-September with a group of college friends, every one of whom loved it for its atmosphere. The “Cheshire’s Gardens 2017″ leaflet describe […]

via The Most Romantic Garden in England – Cholmondeley Castle — greenbenchramblings

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