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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whereas in the pattern flower gardenthe whole is set out and taken up at fixed times. The result is adreadfully fixed one too, and if any beautiful bush, or bulb, or flowerhappens to come in our way that does not fit into the wretchedsystem, so much the worse for it. The fear of anything like a bush or low tree that governs the ideaof many flower gardens at home at present does not exist here, sothat we have light and shade, many bushes and even low trees thatgive chances for surprises and changes. This is partly owing to thewarmth which allows of the growth of many pretty bushes that maywell grace a flower garden, but, once free from the idea that a flowergarden must be a flat surface seen at a glance, there would be no realdifficulty in carrying out like ways of planting in our climate in whichso many lovely bushes grow if we give them a chance. One minorcharm of these English gardens abroad arises from the fact that anynecessary stone-work is done in a simple way by the garden men.
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THE ENGLISH FLOWER GARDEN. As the ground is often steep, steps and little walls or protectingcorners are often wanted ; but whenever the native gardener wantsanything of this kind, he does not go through a circumlocution bureaufor inspiration and drawings to scale, but builds what he wants in asimple ready way with the stone nearest at hand, and the result ismuch better from a gardening point of view than more elaborate andcostly work. The island of Madeira is very instructive too in thevariety of its gardens ; every one I remember was distinct, and thiswas owing to the owners being free to do as the ground invited them,instead of following any fixed idea as to style, or leaving it to menwho are ready with similar plans for all sorts of positions. In France,England, or Germany this could never happen, because owing to con-formity about style and the use of book plans, we can usually tellbeforehand what sort of garden we are to see !
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