Category: This and that

On Monday, I mentioned I was going to Brookgreen Gardens for a lecture on insects. So, let’s start off the year with a gate to a lush demonstration garden in the Low Country where I attended the lecture. What were the top three things I learned from the Clemson Extension agent on insects? They have […]

via Thursday Doors — NewEnglandGardenAndThread

In winter I look for signs of spring and in the 10 years that I’ve spent looking closely, the often mild winters have provided glimpses of the coming season far earlier than we expect.

via #FungiFriday: snuffling for shrooms in midwinter — Daniel Greenwood

.But I was still surprised to hear about pteridomania, a fern collecting craze in Victorian England. People got crazy collecting different ferns to that extent that some of the ferns got almost extinct!

via Pteridomania — My Botanical Garden

Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ is one of those great all-round garden plants. It was named and first described by the Paris based, French botanist Élie-Abel Carrière (1818 – 1896). It is a popular garden plants with will provide a gorgeous backdrop of evergreen foliage along with long lasting ornamental buds and blooms. Skimmia japonica…

via SKIMMIA JAPONICA ‘RUBELLA’ — The Garden of Eaden

This post, one of two about Houghton Hall in Norfolk wasn’t published at the time so here it is now, found again and ready to be sent out albeit rather late! Richard Long is one of our favourite land artists and until this year we had only seen a few isolated examples of his work. […]

via Houghton Hall Part 1 – Richard Long at Houghton — greenbenchramblings

Victoria Franklin – Conservation Trainee At the end of October last year it was the turn of this National Park Authority to host the National Park Authorities’ Farm Liaison Officers (FLO) Group Meeting. It was the thirtieth such meeting and we welcomed 23 farm officers from 11 National Parks with attendees from the Brecon Beacons, […]

via Going with the FLO — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

While in Phoenix we got to see Taliesin West, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home – as well as his architecture school and laboratory. Its 600 acres are located on the outskirts of Scottsdale, a Phoenix suburb. It’s open to the public, but you have to buy tickets in advance and go on a […]

via Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Inspiration — gardeninacity

Reporting on children and play is becoming more of a thing. First and foremost, this is wonderful for kids. It means greater public prominence given to play related issues and successes. News publications, broadcasters and online media sources are reporting on the needs, trends, shortfalls and benefits of play. Here’s a dozen stories from the […]

via 2019 Media Perspectives on Play – An Even Dozen — PlayGroundology

MEET Jimmy ‘Tich’ McCann (pictured). Jimmy was a well-known newspaper seller and ‘bootblack’ on the streets of Perth, Western Australia, during the 1930s. The ‘old fella’ loved his beer – especially upside down. You see, Jimmy claimed he could make… Read More › The post Perth newspaper vendor, Jimmy could make beer run up hill…

via Perth newspaper vendor, Jimmy could make beer run up hill — TIME GENTS

In last week’s post, we saw how Shrewsbury Borough Council had built homes even before 1914 and had built on a large scale after 1918. A second world war created new needs and ambitions in its aftermath. In fact, the Borough emerged from war largely unscathed – just two bombs fell on the town – […]

via Council Housing in Shrewsbury, Part II: the Post-War Housing Drive — Municipal Dreams

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