Homeward Bound

Before I left England for my trip to India and China I took the bold decision not to attempt blogging whilst I was away. It’s been the longest gap between two posts in six years, but it was the right decision for me and my sanity. Blogging whilst on buying trips is tough, not only […]

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Moving Mountains

  You may ask what is interesting about the photograph at the top of this post. It is, after all, a view out of a Chinese factory window. The buildings are of a typically functional, brutal style found all over industrial China, and there’s a small hillock covered in trees in the distance. It is […]

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Book Review – Garden Design: A Book of Ideas

I love a new gardening book, which is a dangerous passion when so many fresh titles hit the shelves every year. Most are glossy, many interesting and just a handful destined to become classics. (Fewer still feature my own garden, so I confess to a degree of heathy bias when it comes to this post’s subject.) Cutting it on […]

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Landscaping, the Chinese way

For the most part, the Southern China I know is a continuum of ugly buildings and expressways, devoid of any hint of what the original landscape must have been like. This is industrial China where beauty, if it exists, is normally shrouded by smog. On numerous visits here I have rarely seen the sun or […]

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The Rise and Fall of Phormiums

Walking home from work today, I passed a miserable looking clump of variegated phormiums in front of a drab public building. They were ill placed, unkempt and sorry for themselves, with dead leaves at their bases and spent flower spikes as stiff as javelins above. Regrettably seems to be the lot of these colourful Antipodean […]

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