Saturday, 10 September 2011

Playing Truant

Should be finishing all the backs of my work for Ullapool today, should be making sure all the annotation is ready, should be stretching some final pieces and making sure everything has a means of hanging.
Did anyone else see Carol Klien in the Millenium Garden at Pensthorpe on Gardeners World last night. Couldn't help myself just had to go and see it today.

Pensthorpe is the place that Springwatch used to be broadcast from. Acres of waterland set in conservation farmland in Norfolk. It also contains this wonderful piece of prarie style planting from the master designer Pie Oudolf. What a perfect day to see it - the autumn tints were just starting and the wind was blowing enough to make the grasses and tall plants undulate like huge waves.

I love this style of planting it makes you feel part of the garden instead of just an onlooker.  It's possible to totally immerse yourself in the plants,a wonderful and uplifting experience.

The bonus was the amazing diversity of birdlife in this place. After a good walk and lunch in a lovely restaurant on the site John and I decided to splurge on a guided tour. The guide was fantastic,so interesting and knowledgeable, pointing out many things we would have missed.   The highlight was watching a Marsh Harrier creating havoc in the skies above a forested area and a little Hobby whizzing past us ( a bird we'd never seen before).
The best value and most enjoyable day out for a long time.

I want to dig the garden up now and create a prarie. I want! I want!
Never mind  -  it will pass.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a lovely trip out, we shall have to pay a visit sometime. Hope all is going well with the Ullapool work - all looks good so far x