There are as many reasons as there are snowbirds as to why retirees head to warmer territory than their home state during the winter months. It’s not news to anyone who knows me that one of my top reasons is that I can be outside and enjoy nature. The weather here is like everywhere else […]

via Nature — NewEnglandGardenAndThread


Laura Barr – Marketing and Product Development Executive 2019 has been designated the Year of Green Action. The Year of Green Action (YoGA) is part of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and is a year-long drive to get more people from all backgrounds to take actions that improve the natural world. We want to encourage […]

via YoGA: taking action — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

The first Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, ND. Photo: The Newcastle Sun The second Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, 1920s. Photo: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University. The current Great Northern Hotel at Newcastle opened in 1938. It’s the third hotel of the same name to occupy the site, its predecessors having been in operation since 1864.…

via Newcastle’s three ‘Great Northerns’ — Time Gents

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

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