Category Archives: Gardening


It’s really too early in the year for a blog on this topic: galanthophilia is in full swing around the country. But we have just received the first copy of Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, Or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous, or … Continue reading

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Mr Bewick’s Birdwatch

It was the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, and at 8.15 a.m. on Saturday I was there to do my duty at the French windows, with coffee and pain au chocolat (for the birds) and newly topped up seeds, … Continue reading

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London Parks

Anyone who, like me, is better at finding their way around London under the ground rather than above it may suffer from unfortunate ignorance of the great green spaces that, originally preserved for the various pleasures of the very rich, … Continue reading

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Gilbert White of Selborne

‘I have been very busy of late; and have at length put my last hand to my Nat[ural] Hist[ory] and Antiquities of this parish. However, I am still employed in making an Index; an occupation full as entertaining as that … Continue reading

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How to Wassail Correctly

Fortuitously, wassailing was the subject of the ‘Early Music Show’ in BBC Radio 3 on 28 December, so I have benefited from the wisdom of Lucie Skeaping and others as well as that of the estimable William Husk, editor of … Continue reading

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