A recently published article in Quartz quotes American landscape designer and researcher Meghan Talarowski commenting on the generally unenviable state of playgrounds in the US. She doesn’t pull any punches. In comparison to some European jurisdictions, she characterizes the bulk of American playgrounds as uninspiring at best – well, perhaps ‘insidiously boring’ is a tad harsher. […]

via From Hideously Uninspiring To Inherently Playful And Adventurous — PlayGroundology


After the snow, came the rain. Day after consecutive day of rain. Eventually, the snow was washed away. Today the rain stopped, and I took advantage of the break to move the Tulip pots into the garage. Why move them into the garage, you may ask. Really it’s to limit the amount of moisture that […]

via Moving the Tulip Pots into the Garage — gardeninacity

Apologies for the lack of recent postings – I’ve been up and down the country talking about council housing and my book. That is, of course, a shameless plug for Municipal Dreams: the Rise and Fall of Council Housing which is available from all good bookshops and can right now – just in time for […]

via Thetford: ‘A Town Which Has Picked Expansion’ — Municipal Dreams

Plant scientists, agriculturalists and horticulturalists played a vital role in World War 2, helping to grow the plants that kept the British people fed, and replaced drugs and other materials that were previously imported. Kew have made a lovely short video about the role of Kew Gardens during the war, which is much the same…

via Wartime Wednesday: Kew Gardens — The Unconventional Gardener

Wisterias are wonderful plants, but once established they do have imperialistic tendencies, wreathing and twining their way to cover walls, reach for roofs and wind through windows, so generally it is not considered a suitable plant for small spaces. However, on my recent visit to the Hillier Garden I saw a new technique they are…

via Wisterias for Small Spaces — The Enduring Gardener

We have visited the Piet Oudolf gardens at the Hauser and Wirth Galleries in Bruton, Somerset twice already. We wanted to visit once more to see how these amazing new perennial style gardens had matured. We had to pass between the gallery buildings to reach the gardens but were drawn to these gently planted containers […]

via Hauser and Wirth – a return to Piet Oudolf’s gallery garden — greenbenchramblings

Originally posted on Purplerays: ? ? “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” ~ William Shakespeare ? ? ? ? ? ~ Image, Fairy Glen Gorge, River Conwy, Wales by Craig McCormick Text & image source: ॐ Simplicity,…

via Sunday reflection . . . . And this, our life, — The English Professor at Large

I’ve noticed that the colors of Autumn have varied greatly near me this year, with some areas well past peak color and others approaching it. I found one area this weekend that offered a nice display. Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

via Autumn Color — Photo Nature Blog

Yesterday I potted up 160 Tulip bulbs in 8 containers. This is 2/3 of the total, so not too bad. There’s 80 Tulips and 4 containers left to go.

via Time Again To Pot Up The Tulips — gardeninacity

Three men sat in the corner of the public house. They didn’t say much, they were waiting. The other people around them were still talking about the hanging seven days earlier. The executed man had struggled for a long time when he dropped, the crowd had gone quiet by the time he went still. Most […]

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