It is really a write-on from my post of August 7th about the serendipity of visiting two gardens back to back that are in wild contrast. I just love it when this happens as it is food for thought about what appeals and what style or mood we might want to cultivate in our own garden. So here is Villa Cetinale, seat of the Lambton family. Clipped and manicured:
There are strong verticals:
Ten minutes away is Castello di Celsa:
That lead to a formal terrace and pond – an area that is seriously under-gardened to the benefit of a rich carpet of wild flowers – orchids and flowering thymes amonst the mix. I think less perfection has more charm.