“At each end of this lovely little wall were two brick pillars. They stood there, perfectly poised, exactly the right height, exactly the right width. But in spite of their architectural rightness they were wrong, or rather, they were incomplete. They had obviously been built to hold something – carved pineapples, or stone balls, or…or…or Urns.
It was when the word Urns came into my head that the garden was born” – Beverly Nichols
Lacking a lovely wall or even just the brick pillars…. I have finials, two sets. One, a basket of flowers….
FINIALS – IN – WAITING!
“Surely – in all matters appertaining to elegance – the most important thing to do first is the last thing?” – Beverly Nichols
We think alike.
“But whatever the people may see, they cannot help seeing the lilies. They are all over the house, like groups of dancers, poised and waiting; those that stand near mirrors seem to take on a silver sheen,and those that catch the glow of the candles are lit with gold; in the full light they sparkle like sunlit snow, in the shadows they are luminous…and always, upstairs, downstairs, in every nook and cranny, there is fragrance.” – Beverly Nichols
Above, Rosemary examines the bouquet. This lily is the last to bloom and marks the season’s end.
Oh the luxury of working with so many stems! MORE is definitely MORE!!
Lilium formosanum all grown from seed. By me.
Starring in the Cutting Garden now are lilies!!
I love them with hydrangeas.
a few feathery branches of Kerria japonica and we are done. (not done yet!)
Several years ago, on a first consultation, I watched my perspective client pull together an arrangement on a grand scale in no time at all while we talked about her needs in regard to her ‘outdoor space’. I always try to emulate her. The arrangement was loose, natural & ‘happy’, the antithesis of Beverly Nichols’ ‘Our Rose’, famous for torturing stems into fantastical & outlandish shapes. I recently visited with the gracious Ms C. I will post her garden in the next few days.
Meanwhile…..harvest from the Potager…..
How fortuitous to have a coordinating bowl for Delicata squash!
© all photos 2011
I cannot describe my elation when I came in with this bouquet gathered this morning.
Lilium formosanum. Stunning, but no fragrance. Okay, I’ll forgive that, very easy to grow, comes readily from seed & blooms the first year. In fact most all of these seeded themselves.
Late blooming with fabulous seed capsules that are choice if one does dry flowers for the winter BUT… knowing I would post about them today, I looked them up in Armitage*.
“Unfortunately bulbs are susceptible to virus diseases, particularly lily mosaic. The virus causes rapid decline of the bulb and increases the potential of infection to other bulb species in the garden. To avoid infection, it is not advisable to plant Formosa lilies among other lilies.”
Deflated!! Well I’ll think about that tomorrow, right now I am going to enjoy my Beverly Nichols* moment!
* Allan Armitage is THE acknowledged expert in herbaceous perennials & is professor in the department of Horticulture, University of Georgia. Author of Herbaceous Perennial Plants. A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes. (a must for every garden library)
*Beverly Nichols (1898-1983) writer, best remembered for his gardening trilogy Merry Hall, Laughter on the stairs & Sunlight on the Lawn. He loved lilies and grew masses of them in his garden. More on Beverly Nichols here. (Another must for a garden library.)
© All photos & text 2010