A steppe ahead...the garden of Stanislav Čepička
As we trod up long staircase to the mysterious garden four storeys up from the street, one of my many witty companions pointed out the many "step" plants on the way (I'd spoken on plants of "the Steppes" the night before if you didn't catch the witticism!). Little, of course, did either of us anticipate that Stanislav Čepička's astonishing garden would more than fulfill that promise!
|An Aethionema new to me on the "steppes" of Prague|
The first glimpse of the garden was impressive--but the longer one walked about it, the more amazing it became: more or less all visible from any point, it nevertheless encompassed an entire world: you could never tire of poking about here, and of course the views over the valley and distant city offer a respite. The garden is mostly basking in sun, with great drainage--so most of the plants contained herein are of the steppes...or adapted to sunny rock work.
We were a month or two late for the real display of bulbs: there were dozens if not hundreds of juno iris, crocuses galore: you name it all in plump seed (more fritillarias than I've ever seen in one spot)...but there were a few malingerers, like this Allium aff. akaka...
I was quite taken with this Muscari relative...not sure of the name...(I hate to pick up labels in others' gardens--they invariably break!)...
This robustl Iris paradoxa hardly needs commentary!
This remarkable combo struck me so much I photographed it again later...
Just a few minutes later from a different angle and the Anthyllis pops out, along with two Sempervivums I hadn't noticed. Such is the magic of this garden!
|I think Stanislav's dog enjoyed the proceedings as much as we did!|
|I ought to really end with this poetic shot of Elena Dobrzhanskaya--a truly delightful Russian rock gardener in her element!|