One Thing – Ninfa

Is Ninfa, as is so often claimed, the most romantic garden in the world? Click here to hear my view

One Thing – Ninfa

Latest in my (visually slightly dodgy) video series on gardens of the world, and the one thing they do best.

Why not join me later this year when I next visit Ninfa with Ross Garden Tours?  Check out the itinerary here

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Musing of the Muses

Imagine a world before screens, when all images depended on reflected rather than penetrant light (OK, OK, except those in stained-glass windows). Go back earlier and imagine a world before photography, when all illustrations were drawn, painted etc, and the best depictions of flowers were the astonishing – but undeniably flat and matte – water-coloured lithographs of Curtis Botanical magazine. Continue reading

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No name – yet

It’s funny, that thing when you notice or see something for the first time, and then it pops up everywhere, as if your attention has nourished its multiplication.  Some new model of car comes into your awareness, and you start to play with the idea of buying one, and they’re suddenly everywhere you look.  What is that? Continue reading

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Deep thoughts of depth

This has to be quick.  I’m writing between itinerary items on a USA garden tour, and there’s only ever snatched moments.

I had reason yesterday to wonder again about the challenges of translating distinct styles or design ideas from one country to another.  Continue reading

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Sternbergias on a hairpin

If you’ve followed the discussion after that last post (I love those replies), you’d have seen Cathy’s on Sternbergia – an Autumn-flowering crocus-like thing.

It had me trawling through pics that I knew I’d taken, but don’t ever remember seeing, of the only time I’d seen Sternbergia naturalised/wild. Continue reading

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Me? Overthinking?

OK, I’m seriously overthinking this.  I’ve been sitting here for an hour or so on a balcony overlooking an ancient sidestreet in Verona, trying to find an engaging angle on a particular garden that I’m capable of navigating in this over-tired, over-wrought state.   Continue reading

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The smell of September

Wandering along the old walls of Lucca this morning I kept passing through thin, vertical bands like curtains of a fresh, sweet scent.  Without conscious effort, my brain was madly googling through old files, knowing that there were past references to be found there. Continue reading

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