Archive for 25/01/2015


The Anxious Gardener

On a cold drizzle-evening recently, I settled down with a glass of wine and my laptop.  The hard drive was groaning with 45 000 (!) digital photos and it was time to make some space.  After deleting a couple of hundred and drifting off to the fridge for a re-fill, I grew distracted by re-discovering half-forgotten photographs, squirreled away in deep, dusty folders and dank, cobwebby files.  For example, I found one batch taken on a weekend break to Norfolk with my partner Jim and our son in August 2013.  I reproduce some of those here in the hope that they provide a little wistful sun and cheer during a rainy, drab month.

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When a member of Jim’s family kindly offered us the use of her holiday home in north Norfolk we immediately, excitedly, breathlessly replied, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’

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The house was an unremarkable bungalow until it was redesigned…

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Lancelot Capability Brown

It’s 2015, already, and we’re well on our way towards the tercentenary festival year for Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown of 2016. All the chatter about doing something to celebrate Brown’s 300th Birthday has grown, thankfully from a small group of industry professionals to a significant Funding bid, related activity, and a host of Brownian landscapes and people keen to be involved.

A thirst for knowledge is being triggered as we move closer to 2016, engaging people and creating new research opportunities. Who knows what information will surface as we move forward. Furthermore, new people will be drawn towards landscape who may previously not have. Filling real landscapes with real people for walking, rolling, rowing, artistic endeavours and a range of sporting activities will breath new life into these gardens.

So why the criticism? Why do some folk feel the need to sneer at the efforts people are making towards 2016? There…

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Sedum spectabile

Sedum spectabile

1. Stachys lanata flowers May- September, but mainly used for foliage.

2. Ceanothus ‘Autumnal Blue’- flowers August- October.

3. Hibscus syriacus flowers August- October.

4. Saliva officinalis ‘Tricolor’- colourful foliage, flowers May- June.

5. Caryopteris x clandonensis flowers June – September.

6. Sedum spectabile flowers July- August. Flowerheads provide interest in autumn.

7. Ceratostigma willmottianum flowers August- October. Autumn leaf colour.

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