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Zed Zed's crevice creation at Wisley...(RHS part two)

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It is hard for me to believe that in little more than a week and a few days I'll be winging off to Europe once again, this time to speak at an international rock garden conference near Prague. A centerpiece of that conference will be visits to a bevy of Czech private gardens, all of which (I suspect) will be composed primarily of crevice rock work. The enthusiasm for crevice gardening has spread far beyond the Czech republic--largely through the efforts of the indefatigable and utterly delightful Zdenek Zvolanek (who goes by Zed Zed in Britain). He created a master work for Wisley that merits its own Blog post, I warrant! Surrounded by wonderful paving, and set near the alpine house complex framing beautifully this marvelous orogeny (I am amused that spell check doesn't recognize this word I've known since I was twelve--mountain building basically).


The plantings are a bit sparse--which makes the rock work stand out particularly well: I suspect this will change with time…

Technicolor Wisley! (Part one...)

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"Oh to be in England.." as Browning plaintively wrote...and for once we were! Twelve magical days and nearly a dozen spectacular gardens, any one of which would have been a highlight. To do any of them justice takes more than one blog posting: here's a start (I may have to mothball a few until winter--since the Czech Republic isn't too far off into the future, and gardens here are blooming mightily for the nonce. A cold snap this weekend may curtail that..). I begin with pictures of the floral excess of Rhodos that almost distracted me from the rock garden (which will appear in the distance--then all heck breaks loose!)...


The crowds were amazing. Wisley is so big that they don't overwhelm, however.


I think these pictures pretty much speak for themselves: COLOR!


Quite the medley...


I loved this combo...


A view from the top of the rock garden..

The classic rock work, a century old, finally shows up in the distance (where I took the last pic)


Closer in...


And clo…