Well here we are. Another slightly lonely night in the camper van. I'm trundling around The Netherlands researching a possible book on contemporary Dutch garden design. It was an idea the leading Dutch garden photographer Maayke de Ridder and I thought up some time ago. We think we have a publisher now but it is all still a bit speculative. Anyway a great way of meeting people and learning more about a dynamic gardening and design culture.
Porto in northern Portugal is the city of the camellia. The public parks
and people’s gardens are full of them. For those of us who are only
used to seeing them as head high, or maybe in Cornwall, up to the first
storey, these are huge. And the city clearly loves them. Last weekend,
the city council put on its annual camellia festival.
Grasses simply are the best thing in the garden right now. At the most dismal time of year, when there is almost nothing else to take our minds off grey skies and cold winds, grasses can not just make an impact but actually look really good. Read on here.......
This is the first of a new secondary blog posting I am now doing for Learning with Experts
- this is more practically-orientated and entry-level than my main blog, but always with
little bit of detail on plant and garden history, ecology etc.
An overview of the garden created by Olivier and Carla Filippi over the
last thirty years. To many of us it appears to be a quintessentially
Mediterranean landscape, all those grey hummocks and of course the
Italian cypresses. The visual balance between these two elements is
powerful as well as symbolising a harmony between the natural and the
cultural. The cypresses may be native to the region but the narrow form
is the result of a long period of selection and the tree’s wide range is
a reflection of centuries of planting.