Swedish design

Swedish design

I am a sucker for Swedish design. Volvo’s design renaissance under Thomas Ingenlath (since Geely bought the company) with the S90, the XC90, the XC40 and Polestar’s elegant, proportional simplicity all resonate with me. So when it came to finding a...
Figs ripening

Figs ripening

The figs are ripening on the Aisle Barn terrace, just in time for the family coming to stay with us on August 8 (and the pears in the orchard). Rather than tying the branch back on to the wall (which I will come Autumn) I have left it hanging so that the fruit can be...

Wild gardening

The garden is gently going wild, and I quite like it. There is a certain degree of bitterness involved, asparagus has been off the menu this season. I simply cannot bring myself to buy it when, after 3 years of hard planting and care, the pressures of working and...

Wind and wood power at Chipley

Thinking about trees The end of 2014 has seen us take a massive technology leap forwards, and backwards, at Chipley. We have installed a large boiler that is fuelled by logs. We will be supplying our house and a cottage with wood-fired central heating. If it performs...

Alliums, tulips and pot planting plans

This month has been all about bulbs (and updating my rusty web-editing skills). the allure of alliums has always eluded me. I think because they look too much like agapanthus, a plant that I have never liked. It thrives on small islands, I don’t. Piet Oudolf, on...

Beyond the garden hedge

The spindle tree (Euonymus europeaus) has always made me smile. It is a common British hedgerow plant, and yet in late autumn, it transforms into an exotic beauty, festooned with vibrant neon orange and fuchsia pink fruits. That was the case until I spent a day...

The meaning and purpose of the English Park

Looking up the lime avenue Thanks to Professor Tom Williamson, of the University of East Anglia, I have recently¬† improved my understanding of the layout and purpose of Chipley’s gardens. It could easily be argued that I should have found the time to properly...
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