A Very Grand Design Indeed

The most amazing house and garden - Great Dixter 


an Elizabethan house and the most exuberant 21st century garden







  even succulents got involved







Someone else looking at these told me they were called Ladybird poppies. 











Ferns - against the backdrop of brick, wood and fretwork.



the lily pond


Grass and Gunnera


What a gate should look like


attention to detail - finial and etching


I've no idea what this plant is called, have only ever seen it in Cornwall - my children christened them Honey Hives.


His Royal Hotness - Lucifer


stunning specimens


Wonderful fencing 


dashes of lemon and lime


there were tunnels and vistas






clever juxtopositions


delicious combinations



A path edged to perfection


luxe Lupins





 the most exciting colour combinations


the cat even works well on the bench!


the left hand side of the Long Border 


the right hand side 


colour and texture play


around the back


a Victorian watering cart


An beautiful barn



I love the tile pillars


until next time...





Heat And Dust

In the manner of Chandler Bing, could there BE any more rain?

As I type this, rain is falling hard and fast - again.  So my online bookshop is getting more of my attention.  This week I have put up copies of Howards End and A Passage To India.  I put it down to a craving for warmer, drier climes.

To satisfy said craving, this weekend I will start A Winter In Arabia by Freya Stark.  I'm looking for intense heat, smelly, noisy camels, dry sand that gives easily underfoot and romantic and mysterious bedouins.  I want to be transported from floods, blocked drains, damp and mud to a remote desert escape, where there is no concept of too much water, where there are no grey clouds, in fact no clouds at all, just a bright azure sky and dazzling sunshine. Warning - gratuitous desert photo coming up;


image from Zavastki.com

and another



Image from Wikipedia

and another

image from Panorami.com


Welcome February, roll on March and spring.  Have a warm weekend.