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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Some pictures of gardens

Fol. 211r, David and Bathsheba: Bathsheba bathing.
 France, 1470-1480.  Pierpont Morgan Library online at
Herb garden
 Ruralia commoda 1478-c. 1480  Petrus de Crescentiis, translation attributed to Jean Corbechon 
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Livre des prouffitz champestres et ruraulx (BNF Arsenal 5064, fol. 151v), third quarter of the 15th century

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Garden for Rowany Festival

Below is a rough concept plan. 
Please note this is a concept plan, it is intended to give you an idea of the type of garden we could create and the type of plants which could be included. It is certainly not a final plan or plant list! In addition to the plants mentioned potted colour consisting of calendulas, dianthus or any other documentable species may also be included. Roses would ideally be of a period species and variety, however given the desire to have flowering roses in the display roses will probably be bought the week before festival and will be selected on the basis of having sufficient flowers and buds to be in flower throughout festival. Roses such as Iceberg while not period look similar, have a long enough flower ing time and are readily available.   
I've added a few pictures, I'll reference these and other pictures later.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Beyond my window            
                          A magpie is singing
                                                  At midnight
                                                               I am unsure if it brings
                                                                                         Happiness or condolences

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Garden Tools

A Dibbler

Illustration taken from Thomas Hill’s Gardener’s Labyrinth (1577) The gardener on the left is using  a dibbler to make a hole in the garden for a plant.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Bobbin along

"Mary Rose" Bobbins 

So yesterday afternoon and this afternoon I did some turning. 
Yesterday I split out a couple of blanks which I turned today. I had intended to finish them in one go, but after feeling the moisture they contained (I was sprayed with warm wet shavings!) I decided that Windsor chair makers might be onto something and have left them to dry after turning the basic shape.

  It's possible that they may crack or warp, but the relatively small size of the pieces should reduce the chance of that.