Title: The English flower garden and home grounds : design and arrangement shown by existing examples of gardens in Great Britain and Ireland, followed by a description of the plants, shrubs and trees for the open-air garden and their culture
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Robinson, W. (William), 1838-1935
Subjects: Flower gardening Plants, Ornamental Cottage gardening Gardens
Publisher: London : J. Murray
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
Digitizing Sponsor: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
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recall some pool of greatbeauty, some moat with little broken reflections that made almost all the charm of the garden wherein itlay, but as a general rule Bacon is right. As nothing is drearier than a dry fountain except the exasperat-ing trickle of one that refuses to be drowned out by the continuousdrip of the eaves, it is better to place your fountain in a part of thegarden which you are only likely to visit on a fine day, and if possibleit should be set where its tossing spray will catch the sunbeams whileyou repose in the cool shade ; then the supply of water may be as itshould—unfailing. Fountains on such an extensive scale as thoseof Versailles or Chatsworth are only to be excused, when, as at Caserta,they run day and night from one years end to the other. It is onlyin such great places too that large and monumental fountains, basinabove basin, adorned with sculpture and connected by cascades, haveany fitness, and even where they are fit they are apt, here in England, B B 2
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to Bishop s Garden (Chichester). 372 THE ENGLISH FLOWER GARDEN. to cease very soon to be fine. Lead is the best material for such foun-ts in sculpture in our damp-laden atmosphere, as it discolours morebecomingly than stone or marble. This tendency to discolour inblotches and afford a foothold for mosses and lichens, though ablemish on statues, is an added charm to the necessary basins andcopings which should confine the waters of our fountain. A fountainis a work of art and as such should always be placed in the moreformal portions of the grounds. The feathery spray of a jet is alwaysa beautiful thing but can be ill-placed—as for instance, in the centreof a large and informal piece of ornamental water.
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