We spent 24 hours in Oxford last week – there primarily to see Cezanne and the Modern, the current exhibition at the Ashmolean. Somehow, I’ve reached retirement age without ever having been to Oxford before, so we spent time strolling through the streets of the town and ambling along the shaded path that lies between the Cherwell and … Continue reading Oxford B&B
I must have walked past the narrow, gated alleyway on Arundel Avenue a thousand times before I even noticed it. When I did, and saw the small plaque which explained that beyond the gate there lay a Quaker Burial Ground, I never imagined so large a space lay down the narrow passage. On Sunday, as the result … Continue reading Arundel Avenue’s Quaker burial ground: a secret garden hidden from view
These are the mornings when I pull back the curtains and light floods into the room as if overnight there has been a sudden, heavy fall of snow. It’s the magnolia in the front garden, planted nearly thirty years ago that for a week two in spring is clothed in dazzling splendour, the creamy white … Continue reading Magnolia: ‘the whiteness is a gift’
Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues, With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by; But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye. – Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Glory of the Garden’ I often wonder, when exploring … Continue reading Bodnant: the glory of the garden
On our way back from Stratford yesterday we called in at Hidcote Manor Garden, regarded as one of England’s great gardens. It was the lifelong passion of self-taught gardener Lawrence Johnston who created his ‘garden of rooms’ in the Arts and Crafts style. being so close to Stratford (though over the border in the Gloucestershire … Continue reading Hidcote Manor garden
Look to your life. Rest your kindness and your unkindness now, and listen: I know what makes your heart clench coldly in all weathers, I know how it feels that it always will. Bear that. Look to your life, to your one given garden. – Garden by Sam Willetts
Tonight we went to Ness Gardens for the light display, Illuminess. The gardens were illuminated by solar powered lights and bio-fuelled generatorsto produce rather beautiful and mysterious displays. Here are some photos that give an impression of the effects.