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.