Magnolia ‘Butterflies’ at Nymans Garden, West Sussex. It isn’t my favourite garden in the world, but there are some amazing mature specimen trees. This is a young tree, but I loved it’s understatedness, better and more springlike than some of the big blousy Magnolia’s.
Spring visit to Great Dixter, the garden of the late, great Christopher Lloyd. The house and grounds were restored and extended by Edward Lutyens in the Arts and Crafts style at the beginning of the 20th century. The way the garden is managed today reflects this style in that every element of the garden has been the subject of precise and accomplished horticultural craft. Even the most utilitarian objects and structures, like the compost heaps or the winter straw protection for the banana’s in the Exotic Garden, are made with such sympathy for materials and form that they are things of beauty.
The garden of 10,000 bridges. Created by Dutch landscape design firm West 8 and DYJG, Bejing, for the 2011 International Horticulture Exhibition in Xi’an, China.
Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta
Somewhere I’d love to go.
This week is Rain Garden Week in our house, whether or not my kids appreciate or know it.
Pictured is the rain garden at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.