Yearly Archives: 2014

The Witches Flying Broomstick

As it is Halloween, I have decided to put up a suitable post. Witches are meant to fly on their brooms, but why brooms? Every woman would have hada besom broom to sweep the house. If the tales were written

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‘Death in the Garden’

Unlike many garden historians I have worked professionally in both gardening and history, and as a result it is the social history of the gardens and the uses of the plants that prove so fascinating to me. ‘Death Many talks

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Silens Messor Mower Restoration. Cont.

I have mostly completed the restoration of my Greens ‘Silens Messor’ lawn mower. It has an 8 inch cut. The chain is still not fully flexible, even after a couple of months of soaking in diesel, but it is mostly

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I was recently given an old hand mower by my friend, Robert Manton, who no longer has the time to restore it. Both of the handles have writing on them: One has: GREENS Patent No 373955 6 The other handle:

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First Make Your Scythe… There has been much comment recently in the press about maintaining old skills. Here is an article that I wrote for the Professional Gardeners’ Guild, some years ago. It outlines a few thoughts on the use

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William Cowpers Summerhouse

I have a day free of Jury Service, so I am researching the letters of William Cowper for a display in June this year. He describes his summer house, which you can still see in the garden of what is

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Propagating Vines: The Roman Method

GROWING VINES USING A ROMAN POT I met Chris Lydamore at Piddington Villa during the Excavation Open Day where I was presenting a Roman Gardening display. He had a few roman flower pots based on the one found at Fishbourne.

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Winter Tidy

Saturday was a wonderful sunny day, not at all like the water forecast. I decided to have another bonfire, any excuse will do for me. I had an old, broken garden seat that a friend wanted me to get rid

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