Ms K has been in touch from Leeds over a matter of propriety. She wonders if Dukes always live in palaces, and if there is a pecking order in the names of houses as there is in the orders of the nobility.
London Plane (Platanus x hispanica) was a tree that very much came into its own in Brown’s day. At the beginning of his century, Thomas Hamilton had to confess that ‘tho they are now comeing in Request here, … as I have no kind of Experience of them, I shall be Silent’.
Monsieur B of Orléans has been in touch again, this time with a question about Copper Beech – did Capability Brown use it, and if so in what circumstances?
That marvelous magus of mystery and magic, Capability Brown, added white clover to his grass seed when making good after earthworking, as at Longleat and Stowe in the 1750’s, at Chatsworth in 1763, at Sandbeck in 1774, at Milton Abbey in 1776 and, very likely, whenever called upon to resow grassland.