A remarkable rock garden in the Netherlands
I know there will be sensitive sorts who object to the shaping of the shrubs and trees. The blend of topiary with naturalistic design is utterly unique here, and that may be a good thing. But do look beyond that if it's not your cup of tea to the way he combines foliage textures and the remarkable hardscape elements, and above all else the fantastic counterpoint of vista and vignette: I've never seen it done better.
|The Aeonium tabuliforme is not hardy if you're wondering: he plants it out every year!|
I suggest you linger a bit on this cliff face: in a suburban lot, mind you! this has to be the most exquisite garden cliff I've seen in any garden (with the possible exception of Harry Jan's wall cliffs--which are really something else)..
I believe he told me the Aethionema you see here came from Crete (my parent's birthplace)--I've yearned for it every since. I must get his address and beg a little seed! He's obviously got plenty to spare.
|I love the way he's planted rock gardens around his greenhouse...|
I don't think I've ever seen a more perfect greenhouse! It's unimaginable what he's fit in here!
It's a crafty garden host who coaxes all his echeverias to bloom in such a perfect sinuous pattern just in time for an international conference tour visit.
|The South African corner...what a wonderful way to grow mesembs!|
|And the other side of the greenhouse is just as perfect.|
|The best spread of Helichrysum sessiloides I've seen outside of South Africa!|
|Acantholimons galore: I wonder how they bloom in the summer?|
On and on it goes...
It's not out of focus really: I'm misty eyed with jealousy.
There's the master--in action! You can see why he's so slender--keeping on top of a garden of this scope!
More of that dang Aethionema!
And here is the hardy cactus corner on a south facing wall with an overhang. the spineless Opuntioid is South American was mystery to me: I posted its picture on the "Opuntiad" group of Facebook and three of the people on that immediately identified it as Austrocylindropuntia verschaffeltii! And people criticize Social Media!
I've restrained myself (both with pix and commentary--believe it or not). This is just a taste of one of many gardens, and then there was the fantastic botanic garden at Utrecht. And then there are the bulb fields. I am deeply grateful to the Netherlands rock garden club for this unforgettable visit: I fell in love with Holland: it really is the world capital of Flowers!