Tag Archives: Victorian

Happy Unbirthday!

Well, I’m another year older- not quite at the big 50, but getting perilously near, so a very Happy Unbirthday to all my fellow green-fingered bloggers! Each year, the Head Gardener’s birthday usually coincides with, firstly, dire weather (no exception … Continue reading

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Going Gothic

Before the snow came, the family and I had a winter outing to Dalkeith Palace, which is not so very far away. The younger members of the party had the adventure playground in their sights, but I had other ideas, finding … Continue reading

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View from the top

Aided by the birds, a nursery of baby beech, rowan, blackcurrants, gooseberries, ivy and cotoneasters not to mention willow-herb, nettles, grass and other weeds has been quietly establishing itself 10 feet up on the top of the walls, so I … Continue reading

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Wonderwalls!

You know, all this talk of energy conservation’s not new. Solar power, in particular, was used by the Victorians in the design of their walled gardens in order to prolong the growing season and achieve above-average yields, including of some … Continue reading

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Fires in the Fall

While some trees have shed most of their leaves, some are absolutely at their best now, aided by some very cold nights and not too much wind. I was out with the dogs earlier this morning and noticed that our … Continue reading

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