Title: Italian gardens
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Elgood, George Samuel, 1851-
Publisher: London, New York, Bombay & Calcutta : Longmans, Green and Co.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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raised upon a couple of shallow steps,is a simple octagonal fountain-basin of marble, the angles of which areemphasised by curving acanthus leaves that connect its moulded rim withthe edge of the upper step. The space between is filled in with amosaic of white, red, and dark-green pebbles; the mosaic beingrepeated on the lower step in combination with a red brick edging. Inthe association of brick and marble, in a country where marble is acommon building material, there is nothing strange or incongruous ; onthe contrary, the combination has a most delightful effect, especiallywhen the hand of-Time has passed gently over it. From this fountain wide paths radiate, the canted angles beingoccupied by marble benches with bracketed feet, set within tall screens ofbox that form a rude back and arms, and curve down so as to meet theedging of the adjoining beds. Except at midday, one or other of theseseats is always in shadow, and it would not be easy to conceive a more 114 -.asm^g^ j-vJ^Skk;
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delightful nook in which to rest awhile and survey the garden in all itsglory of May roses. The walls of the garden, on the cooler sides, are nearly lost behindmasses of creepers and free-growing roses ; those facing to the south arescreened with espaliers of lemon, which in winter are protected by atemporary roof of tiles, for it is only on the coast that the lemon can beleft unsheltered, and even there a rigorous winter tries it severely. The roses are an unusually good selection, and include not only thebetter French and Italian sorts, but alsonany of English extraction suchas Viscountess Folkestone, Killarney, Charles Lawson, Mrs. John Laing,Duchess of Albany, John Bright and Beauty of Waltham, to which thegardener gives his own pronunciation, as is the way of gardeners all theworld over. Standard roses are not much grown in Italy, but in thisgarden they play an important part, and must be considered on the wholea great success. Pyrus Japonica too is grown as a standard, and has
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