Seen here at Villa Cetinale, near Siena. The evergreen oak can be oppressive in its matt evergreen livery. In the hot high light of the south the long tunnels make a cool refuge from the sharp sun. The shadows fissure, spangle and dance.
Piet Oudolf is the maestro of perennial planting. Aged 71 but he is still working – both designing and teaching. He continues to innovate and bring in change – there is nothing static about his plant palette. The photo below is his garden. The fantastic white spires are of Actaea Queen of Sheba.
by Sheppard Craige’s wife. At Il Bosco della Ragnaia.
Perhaps I am getting steadily more greedy. Time, on the other hand, could be galloping faster and faster like a runaway bull. The long and short of it is that this time I am posting four things I want in my virtual and infinite Aspirational Corner. First, tunnels of evergreen oak, Quercus ilex as…
A maze to get lost in. This one is at Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall. Oh, and I will have those tree ferns too.
– a grotto, for example. This is part of the massive one at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.
I would, for choice, have peacocks on my walls – as they do at Rousham Park, Oxfordshire.
Randoming is what I call going about the place collecting ideas and quirks for the garden – mine or for customers, come to that. Small anywhere camera has made this easy and this summer has harvested some inspiration that I will definitely use. Here are 4 of them:
It is always at the Chelsea Flower Show but it’s easy to ignore it. The stalls that pin themselves round the Show Gardens and in the folds of the Great Tent are pop up shops. Amongst the forest of teak benches and at either end of the spectrum there are some incredible things to look…