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Sunday, June 26, 2016

In the Smart Garden of Jennifer Carlson



If not for an NPA Open Garden event,  I'd never guess that behind this dense greenery there is something special.
Jennifer Carlson's corner garden seemed to me like an oasis of countryside life in the middle 
of the city and a classroom for demonstrating several practices of sustainable gardening.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park - Pictures


If you are tired from people, there is a chance to
spend some quiet, quality time with wildlife - Northwest Trek Wildlife Park  in Eatonville, Washington state.

American Bison

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Great Dixter. Part 2 - Nursery, Exotic Garden, etc.



In this post - some pictures of the Garden which weren't included in the first post (Great Dixter Garden From Under My Umbrella), and also Exotic Garden, Nursery, Prairie and everything else.

Let's start with the Nursery.
It was a pleasure to walk among the greenhouses and plant beds, reading the plant labels
 and, well, envying the people who were buying the plants.
If I could take a train, not a plane, over the pond, I would happily join them.


'The Nursery was started by Christopher Lloyd in 1954 after teaching at Wye College. 
Specialising in clematis and plants that he liked and deemed garden-worthy, 
he started with a couple of cold frames and a glasshouse. 
We still raise plants using the same methods to this day, 
and we remain a small, personal and professional nursery'.
 (Great Dixter House and Garden website)

 The whole time I was in the Garden, there were people (gardeners, students, volunteers)
working - doing maintenance, cleaning, preparing plants for sale, etc. 


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Great Dixter Garden From Under My Umbrella

It was raining. The same as when I visited  Sissinghurst in May 2014.
In Sissinghurst, rain would stop for a moment, the sun would show up briefly and then, the rain would start again, but at least I had some breaks. In Great Dixter, there were no breaks, and only several pictures were not taken from under my umbrella.



Most of the pictures are not altered in any way. Brightness, sharp contrast - it is exactly how the garden looked on the morning of May 10th, 2016. (We are lucky to see these vibrant, crystal clear colors in our own gardens here in the U.S. Pacific Northwest due to high humidity).

How many pictures are not too many? I probably will  make one or two additional posts.


I am an amateur gardener. I mean  v e r y   amateur. And my approach to visiting famous gardens is also very amateur. I don't prepare my visits properly by studying garden maps, looking at garden pictures, etc. I refresh my memory about the history of a garden, and that's it.
I do this to avoid any influence of other people's opinion on me. Egoistically, I want my first feelings about the garden to be purely mine. I want to be as naive as naive could be.
I even don't look at the garden leaflet received at the gate until I finish my initial self-tour.
After I take the pictures and make a first round, I usually sit on a bench and study a map.


Here is a dry one!


After that, the second walk-around is done.
 I followed this strategy in Sissinghurst,  Hidcote Manor Garden, Giverny and others (they all are listed in this blog's page 'Gardens of the World That I Visited').

Sissinghurst Garden was my first from the famous English gardens. It shocked me in a good sense of this word. Hidcote Manor Garden which I visited  the following year, was beautiful, but I couldn't stop catching myself thinking 'I saw something similar at Sissinghurst', 'they used the same concept', and so on.
Great Dixter Garden, of course, also has something in common with these other two great gardens, but somehow, it didn't make me think about common features which it shares with them.
It grasped me from the first second I entered it and held my heart tight until the second I stepped beyond its gate.

The first view of the Christopher Lloyd's house

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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