Category Archives: Gardens of Europe

A Blenheim Orange Apple

Apples are the most sociable fruit.  Bobbing up and down in water they are ducking apples used by kids for Halloween games. If fruit trees are inherited in a garden there’s often story to dig up from the past. New varieties pop up in old gardens all the time! One of the joys of growing your own fruit is that you get to eat […]
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Ecstatic Evergreen

    In bleak midwinter, evergreen plants come into their own this month and I had a great time visiting a nearby garden to get their full beauty.   New year is a perfect to catch these stars at a nearby Botanic Garden and look out for the succulent plants.   Here are some of my highlights that put a glimmer […]
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St Edmund and the Wolf

When the Danes invaded England around 800 AD the Saxon King Edmund fought to maintain the fort at Bury (in the East of England) and alas he ended up slashed by a Viking sword. His head was said to be found in a nearby woodland and was fiercely guarded by a wolf. Saxon soldiers battled the […]
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Bath Gardens and Abbey

On walking into Bath Abbey the light that floods in from the many windows is striking. The stained glass window behind the altar has 56 panels each telling a story of the life of Christ.  During World War II (in 1942) this was smashed during a bombing raid.  Thankfully most of the glass was saved and […]
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Free Traffic

Due to a delayed flight I spent an unexpected overnight stop in pitch darkness at Palermo.  I was not alone, the route to the city was jammed.       There was plenty of time to take photos.  Looking at them now it feels like I visited two different places though my heart sees one. […]
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Burning Tires in Urbino

  My week at in the Urbino Valley of central Italy came to an end.  There was a thump to the floor and the rhythms felt bold.  They made this sound.       Tiny pebbles dance like ash smashing through fire flies hitting the aimless darkness as the valleys show partygoers how to echo their desires […]
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Success with Scrivener

  I visited a number of gardens this year that touched my soul and I wanted to collect the stories in a small book people could download. Hey Presto – having put together a draft that looked good I searched for the big button that would instantly upload it to the web. That was 2 […]
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Dilston Physic Garden Daylight

  This post is inspired by “Nighthawks” where a silence creates a form of communication between distinct individuals who have their own culture but come together to create a new language. Plants with medicinal properties were grown at Dilston Hall that stood near this site on the River Tyne in medieval times. In the early 16th […]
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Taurus of Bologna Botanic Garden

    There is modern art around the roads leading in towards the city that has a humour. Raphael the artist grew up here and the contrasts in the way the land is segmented into wedges of valleys above lush thriving lines of vegetation betray the structures in his composition. There is form in the […]
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Palermo Palms

      Villa Julia in Palermo sits facing the coast and uses the brisk sea air to make the perfect environment for the arid plants that thrive in this botanic garden.  The forest garden techniques of planting vegetation at different levels (the oldest technique of horticulture) are referenced with Palms standing as sky scrapers […]
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