Garden

North and South and the Fern Bed

The garden gates remain locked, as they will be for some weeks yet, I suspect. But it does give time to explore another way in which North and South has influenced the planting in the garden. Last week I identified roses as...

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North and South in the Garden

The garden gates at Elizabeth Gaskell House are closed at the moment and the garden volunteers are unable to weed, plant, prune or mow. The plants carry on flowering, however. A volunteer whose daily permitted exercise makes possible the taking of photos of...

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Squirrel Knutsford and the Winter Bedding

Squirrel Knutsford felt he lived a good life. He had a drey in the roof of a warm block of flats on Plymouth Grove. From there it was just a small leap to the branches of a tree, a scramble down the...

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John Ruskin’s Cravat

Aconite There is a deep blue aconite coming to the end of its flowering in the garden at present. It is almost the same shade of blue as the cravat worn by John Ruskin in the portrait painted of him in 1879...

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Charles Dickens in the Garden

Charles Dickens is in the garden somewhere. Well, we know roughly where he is; he's among the dahlias at the front of the house, somewhere in among these. We know that because there is a variety of dahlia named after Charles Dickens....

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