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Get ahead, get a hedge: Dividing, lending structure, adding beauty - hedges are the secret to good gardens. And now's the time to plant them...

Great article on hedges by Monty Don. Monty Don in his hedge-filled garden in Irvington, Herefordshire

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Once governed by the Nizams of India, #Hyderabad is a fascinating place to visit - elaborate palaces, grand architecture and intriguing monuments, including the Qutub Shahi tombs, Chowmahalla Palace and Golconda Fort, and is the gateway to the ancient sites of the Deccan era.

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The prince’s tale: a black div abducts the daughter of the king of furthest Kashmir while visiting a garden outside the city (BL IO Islamic 3241, f. 120r) the-story-of-sinbad-or-the-seven-sages. Golconda, India

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A Cut-Brass Calligraphic ‘Alam Signed by Muhammad Ma’sum, India, Deccan, dated DHU Al-HIJJA 1095/November-December 1684 AD - Sothebys

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Nayaka ko prakasa biyoga sringara, Krishna’s ‘open’ love in separation (Rasikapriya 1, 27-28). Keshavdas; love ‘open’ (prakasa) or clear and ‘hidden’ (prachanna) or suggestive.The sakhi describes Krishna to Radha as totally unresponsive, not eating or drinking. All of Braj is concerned about him and you are sitting here unconcerned. Get up and do something about it. This is the result of his longing for you. Deccan, 1720-30.

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Vilaval Ragini from a dispersed Ragamala set. A woman looking in a mirror, surrounded by attendants. Date 1740. Painted in: Deccan

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