It’s the first Friday of the month and perhaps this might be a good night to post on other gardens that I have visited over the years. Yes, this is my gardenwatch but undoubtedly each garden I have visited has left me with an idea or two that I have included in my own.
A hot summer’s afternoon, in the middle of July 2000, was when I visited the late Christopher Lloyd’s Garden and House at Great Dixter. We took the tour of the House which was where Christo lived some of the time. It was a stately yet homely house which he had lived in since a child. I could easily have imagined him in the Parlor in the evenings. We never saw him on our visit but he must have been around as an area of the garden was roped off and there were television cameras with a team mulling about. I wonder how many hours of his life he spent being interviewed.
The garden of course was what I really came to see of course but sadly I didn’t take many photographs on my visit. I don’t know why now except that I do remember being very hot and that the plants of the borders spilled over the paths with many well over my height! I’m sure you get the picture, bold dramatic planting for as far as you could see.
I do remember a slightly formal sunken garden with a pool and seating around it and on the way in/out there was also another area with tall grass plantings and a more informal prairie type pond. I wasn’t as interested in this type of planting then, our tastes change of course don’t they? I so wish I had taken more photos of my visit. However, I’m sure many will understand how sometimes on visits like this you just go ‘without camera’ to immerse yourself in the moment. I did love my walk through (not around) the big, tall plantings of this garden and I would definitely like to return one day – but not when it is as hot!
So looking back what ideas did I take from this Great Dixter? Mmm I think I would say complete freedom in planting. Be as bold as you want to with plants and never be afraid to change planting during the season! I am well known for moving practically every plant in my garden – including trees! My husband isn’t interested in plants at all so I pretty much do as I please – however the notion takes me. Oh.. I do enjoy the plants in my garden!
The photos above were taken at Great Dixter on 20th July, 2000.