Started out - Lost in the Loire... and sometimes, in translation...
Now back in Europe…re translation - apart from French, I have no Swiss German, Austrian or Czech – should be fun
Oh Patricia, words fail as it is too utterly utter! I dragged Kim around Giverny a couple of years ago and for a reluctant gardener he too fell under the spell of it's beauty. After our visit I read a book about the garden which said that all of those chaps toiling in the beds dig up most of the plants EVERY YEAR....imagine!Rx
From Stanley:G'day, Thebothya,Absolutely beautiful, spellbinding even and your description "Stanwell Hall on Steriods" very apt. By comparison, to my mind the similarities are obvious and relevant. Take away size and water and conceptually they are very similar. I love the randomness of both. To my mind, Richard achieved/surpassed his own expectations. A situation brought about by his first significant foray into garden design. The one significant element missing at Stanwell Hall was Tranquility. That element is most often/easily achieved by water.Go easy on the spending over there. Leave plenty for Bulldozers and seeds for when you return if Richard believes he has one more significant/great garden in him. What he needs to be doing is taking plenty of mental notes and being ever mindful of "time". Time is finite. Ask me. I'm reminded daily when negotiating extraction from bed at sunrise.