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Monthly Archives: January, 2011

Villandry in winter

Villandry has been called ‘the finest potager in the world.’ For much of the year its beds are a mass of vegetables, from soft herbs and jewelled beetroot to blowsy … Continue reading

January 28, 2011 · 14 Comments

Tell-tale signs?

Signage. It sounds the most boring of topics. But in public parks and gardens, signs can make such a difference. Good ones make us feel welcome, confident, wanted. Bad ones leave … Continue reading

January 21, 2011 · 13 Comments

Macro in a mason jar

Gardening Gone Wild is running one of its monthly photography competitions. The rules are here – but basically, as the name suggests, the competition encourages people to take close-up garden-related … Continue reading

January 19, 2011 · 25 Comments

The monkey in my blog

From time to time, I get comments about my avatar (the icon attached to this blog). Most recently, fellow blogger Diana of Elephant’s Eye wondered if it was a startled … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · 9 Comments

Simple winter pleasures at musée Albert Kahn

A recent post praised the January drabness of two Paris gardens. It seemed to strike something of a chord, so today I offer another place where winter is at her … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 9 Comments

Paris – then and now

A friend who sells vintage accessories has just sent me an old postcard of parc Monceau that she bought in the northeast of England. Postmarked 1905, it shows the rotunda … Continue reading

January 10, 2011 · 4 Comments

Sex and death in the garden

Fashion dictates that gardens should offer year round interest. In particular, winter needs to be forced to play its part with evergreen shrubs, coloured bark, late-flowering perennials, quirkily-shaped stems, early … Continue reading

January 6, 2011 · 9 Comments

Climate change à la Parisienne

Most people think about climate change with either skepticism or despair. In a new campaign, the mairie de Paris is trying to introduce a third response: optimism. A group of … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · 4 Comments

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On Botanical Photography
GGW
Soiled and Seeded
Along Life's Highway

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