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If you know Winchester – or think you do – you probably think of its cathedral or maybe the College; a county town and one-time capital of England. It’s a beautiful city which I know well and one of the country’s least affordable places to live where the average house costs over £555,000. (1) You […]

via Council Housing in Winchester – Part I to 1939: ‘these houses will be the most sought after in Winchester’ — Municipal Dreams


As I typed the title of this post, the song from ‘Oliver’ burst from my lips making the Colonel leap up from his slumber in bewilderment. It was, after all only six o’clock in the morning. “Sorry darling. Got a bit carried away.” He made a harrumphing, grumbling noise to make his displeasure known and […]

via Food Glorious Food! — How I Killed Betty!

Do you remember Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)? It used to be my number one plant for filling containers all over the shady Back Garden, providing bountiful and vibrant color from May to September. Starting around 2011, though, the scourge of Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM), caused gardeners everywhere to turn their backs on the stricken plants.

via Good News for Shady Gardens — gardeninacity

We made one of our frequent visits to Wildegoose Nursery and Gardens in the middle of July on a warm bright day. We were pleased to find a new sign at the entrance to the nursery and garden, a beautiful coloured plan of the walled garden. Also new was an area of planting alongside the […]

via seasonal visits to two very different gardens – mid-summer at Wildegoose nursery and gardens — greenbenchramblings

The woodland may not look much in August apart from being a relatively cool and shady place, but I know that in early spring it will be awash with, in succession, primroses, wood anemones, snakeshead fritillaries, bluebells and wild garlic. Other than the addition of the bulbs, rhizomes and primrose plants, it has changed little […]

via A Critical Eye, Part 1: Some Positives — Rambling in the Garden

Winterbourne was built in 1904 for John and Margaret Nettlefold and bequeathed to the University of Birmingham 40 years later by John Macdonald Nicolson. Follow our dedicated team of archivists as they explore Winterbourne’s past and share with you the special objects, photographs and documents contained within the Winterbourne Archives. John Sutton Nettlefold’s work as…

via News from the Archives: The Political Life of John Nettlefold, 1901-6 — Winterbourne House and Garden

Time to Play

Wisteria at Plea

I couldn’t resist this beautiful scene in Norwich, recently. Wonderful white Wisteria outside the church (now a rather nice cafe and bookshop), of St.Michael at Plea.

Old School Gardener

Collage picture archive: ‘tired of London, tired of life’ –

20190617_092527Wow, I’ve been busy……

With help, I’ve been getting Old School Garden in shape for our Open Garden event this Sunday 23rd June (1pm-5pm). The weather forecast is good and the garden is starting to perform its summer show, so if you’re free and can make it you’d be very welcome.

As well as the garden to see, there will be displays and sales by local artists, the Aylsham Roman Project and St. Peter’s Church; and Jelly Cottage Nursery will be selling some of their wonderful plants.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget the scrumptious afternoon teas and Pimms on offer, too as you relax (hopefully) in the summer sun!!

All proceeds are going to two important projects that I’m involved with:

  • Improvements at St. Peter’s church, Haveringland– including acess for the disabled, a kitchen servery and all access toilet.
  • The Healing Gardens Project– having created a more welcoming entrance and therapeutic space for patients on the admissions ward at Hellsdon Hospital, we now want to move on to another local mental health facility to involve patients, staff and other volunteers in showing how gardens and gardening can play an important part in the recovery journey and general well being.

To whet your appetite, here are some recent pics…

Old School Gardener


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