As I walk through the garden I see all the areas that would be much improved with a focal point.
The Circle of Friends (above) has a wonderful pot, an Italian reproduction of a Gertrude Jekyll design. (I want something taller, this is too round & short)
At the end of the Rose & Clematis Walk is the Schiaparelli Bench.
The cutting garden has several focal points as it is divided into four parterres…
The bench .. (On axis with the Potager)
and serving as focal point from two views is one of the classic Four Seasons.. ‘Summer’…
and opposite ( below) an urn… (An overturned pot acts as plinth; my Poverty Cycle)
My friend, the brilliant and talented Landscape Designer Tara Dillard posts about focal points on her blog constantly!
This winter when I decorated my dinning room for holiday festivities, I was keenly aware that the view from the window was less than I hoped.So I moved ‘Summer’ from the cutting garden directly on axis with the centerpiece on the table.
She is here temporarily, I do think ‘Winter’ would be more appropriate since that is basically the only time we eat in the dining room, and ‘Summer’ belongs in the Cutting Garden with all the blooming beauties of her season. She has been moved so often that to paraphrase Margery Fish “In time she will learn to walk”
Ah, decisions, decisions… I always opt for more plants and labor when spending my garden $$$$. Perhaps this will be the year I concentrate on accessories.
Thanks Sandra! I think we needed some inspiration after the last several weeks of extreme winter weather creating new “vacancies” in our gardens. I was about ready to find a new hobby! (not really)
John, I hope we don’t lose plants. I worry about the camellias, they form the backbone of my garden!
As always it is pure pleasure to read and look at your blog..yes, I agree about axis out the window..but what a drag… Xoxox barb
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I always think that while the plants are the real star the focal point is what pulls it all together somehow. Everything looks so beautiful!
Loved the photos. And I remember