This weekend saw a return to the nursery at Great Dixter to buy plants for the newly rejuvenated garden. A wander around the gardens is compulsory for this Busman’s Holiday shopper.
It seems like every corner, every pot, every border has its Tulips. The massed ranks of reds, oranges, yellows and purples are out in all their brilliance and on a quiet but blustery rain threatening Saturday afternoon, the colour bursts upon you.
There are delicate touches and hues of soft pinks and apricots, but it is the carmine reds and contrasts of tangerine orange under planted with a sea of blue forget-me-nots that stays with you. Is it just me that when looking at these photos feels like I’ve partaken of hallucinogenics? The sheer scale and audacity of planting is what hits you.
Christopher Lloyd said on colour that “I have no segregated colour schemes. In fact, I take it as a challenge to combine every sort of colour effectively.”
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