I'm not exactly counting, but I am thinking about Kate Middleton, and how her world, whilst becoming one of great wealth and privilege, will involve the sacrifice of the world she has known so far. It's not that I feel sorry for her, not really, I just find myself hoping she's o.k. and coping with it all. She looks quietly confident, carries herself well, and is a model of propriety, but inside it might be a strain for her.
I've been thinking of her from time to time over the last couple of days, as I hear the world of news hotting up about the big event, and I so want her to be o.k. you know what I mean?
Anyway, I'll be enjoying watching the show on the t.v. along with family, more about that closer to the time.
This garden visit was part of our holiday in the Lake District, but I didn't include it in my last post, because there were so many photos to take in, in that post, and I felt this garden deserved a blog write-up all of its own.
This garden was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A link to the website of Levens Hall is here.
After seeing Levens Hall's garden, my garden looks a bit boring and unimaginative in the topiary shapes department.
But then Levens Hall has had a few years more than me to develop, more than three hundred years infact, as it was first laid out in 1694.
Aaaahhhh, what I could do with my topiary if I had three hundred years growing time.
This is a terrible disease, it's airborn, and kills in a matter of hours. Box plants literally go black and die in a few hours. Terrifying.
The disease was brought in to the UK by a collector of different Box species, and our indigenous Box has no defence against it. The only thing to do is rip out all the dead Box, and re-plant with a type of Box that has resistance to Box Blight. Not something you want to do if most of your garden contains 300 year old Box hedging and shapes.
Apparently large areas of hedging has been taken out, but as we'd not seen the garden before, it all looked lovely to us.
The thing with box is that it is very slow growing, so when you shape it, if you make a cut, and it looks dreadful, that's a decision you have to live with for a few years until growth covers the mistake. It's a plant that demands patience, and long-term vision. So Levens Hall's garden is a miracle of patience and vision. Each shape has had a lot of planning. It's an amazing garden, not just for the slight eccentricity of vision, but for the three hundred years of patience. I love it. I hope you do too.
I'm going to wish you a happy Easter for Sunday, and I hope the Bunny is good to you. Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx