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Charleston

the garden of artists I posted some photos of Monday is Charleston, the home of artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Bloomsbury group,
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I tried to visit this garden once before when I was looking after my grandsons during term time, I had found a website that said the garden opened at 11am, when I arrived I was told no it isn’t open until 1pm, as I had to be back to collect the boys from school at 3, so leaving at around 2pm, it simply was not worth going back, this time I had them with me so no worries, when we arrived not long after opening time the car park already looked full, at the far end there were just a few places left, I thought this would mean the garden was packed with people, but no, the cafe on the other hand was packed, as if most had only come for food, the house seemed to have a number of visitors, I didn’t go in the house, I didn’t feel like it,
the boys were in silly mode and full of energy so we walked down the outside of the garden where there is a pond and room to run, then a small picnic field that no one was in, I did suggest they might like to stay here and play about, but they wanted to come with me, we walked around the wall at the bottom of the garden and into the walled garden through an open door, there were hollyhocks, so many hollyhocks, I have tried to grow hollyhocks but they do not like my soil and climate,
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the garden style is country cottage, wonderfully, an exhuberance of colour and texture, just inside the door was a small potager veg area,

francescaple.bell18this path goes along the bottom of the garden, on the left is the wall and right is the potager up to the door, then from the door to the white seat is a patio where the fountain and mosaics in the previous post are, the door you can see is the one we came through,

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francescaple.bell20francescaple.bell21francescaple.bell22from the house there is a central lawn, the only formality is a low lavender hedge around the lawn on 3 sides, the fourth being the house, the small water lily pond in the previous post is at the end of the lawn furthest from the house,

francescaple.bell23wide borders full of flowers surrounded the lawn, there are narrow paths through these borders,

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francescaple.bell27between the flower borders and the potager and small patio there is a hedge,

francescaple.bell28I like the undulations, it’s like a large green caterpillar,

francescaple.bell29back outside the walled garden roses climb,

francescaple.bell30I love the flint wall, when I lived down there I never gave flint a second thought, it was there, everywhere, then I moved west and found myself missing seeing flint walls, flint in house walls and I still miss it, sometimes it seems strange what we can find ourselves missing when we move from where we grew up,

francescaple.bell31and the big pond,

francescaple.bell32another photo of the potager, I just loved these wonderful huge heads,

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I could say and write many posts on the Bloomsbury group but I am just concentrating on this garden, there is plenty of information already available written by people who know,

if you would like to know more about Charleston then follow this link to the website,
to learn more about any of the following just do a quick internet search and you will get lots of links,
The Bloomsbury group
Vanessa Bell (I would suggest adding ‘artist’ or ‘Bloomsbury’ after Vanessa’s name as there is an actress with the same name)
Duncan Grant

I have found information on the Charleston website that the fountain in the previous post was created by Vanessa’s son Quentin Bell,

this is the second of two posts on Charleston, after publishing this post I will update the previous post with links, to read it just click the words ‘previous post‘,

hope you enjoyed x

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the garden of artists

as I previously said I visited 3 gardens when I was in Sussex in July, as this garden was home to two visual artists I thought I would start with the art in the garden, I do not know anything about the art,

words like, modesty, blushing, come to mind when I saw this statue,
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I had for years collected pieces of pottery and china, I have many ideas to use them but all the rain of recent years and a second wet summer, I dumped it all as foundations for a path, you need dry weather for things like this,
I love the seedlings, they are why I took this photo, full of opportunity,
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yes I had two boys with me visiting this garden, the 2 blue toes top right are young grandson, the dark blue toe bottom left belongs to older grandson, update the fish mosaic is by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant 1917,
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I love this fountain, love art nouveau style, update this fountain was created by Vanessa’s son Quentin Bell,
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the blushing lady revealed,
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why as children do we have this urge to stand in the middle, I can remember doing it, my children did it, my grandchildren do and when I worked with children they all did it too, there must be an innate reason, I think this is ‘The Piazza‘,
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most of the patterning was abstract, even random,
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I though he looked a bit aggressive,
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echos another visual artist, the water lily pond,
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I will post the flora in a couple of days and write about the garden then,

I have now posted the second post which follows this one, the garden is Charleston, home of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury group, you can read the post here, and find the Charleston website here,

the storms here have been as usual and we did not have as much rain as southern Scotland and northern England, parts of Cumbria had as much rain in a day as we have had in a month here, that much rain in a month is horrid but in a day just doesn’t bare thinking about, my heart goes out to all the people made temporarily homeless by the storm last week, your clean up job, drying out and repairs will take time, for some a long time, x
the professor that said on radio Scotland a few years, that the melting of the arctic ice cap would result in more rain, a lot more rain, appears to have got it right, sadly,

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Nymans The Rose Garden

I decided to post about the Rose garden next in my Nymans posts as I have been following my own 2 rose borders in my End of month view posts this year, and the following post will be my EoMV post.

The Rose Garden is an enclosed circular garden with many paths and a fountain in it’s centre, I do not know a lot about these things but I think it is what could be called traditional, there was not a huge flush of rose blooms in late July but that did not matter, when I visited in February I could clearly see across the garden and the design, however in July with all the foliage I could not, which was nice, paths leading around corners and to junctions with that ‘which way shall I go now’ feel, it all adds a bit of mystery,
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I was interested to see what was planted under the roses, lavender, nepeta and geraniums, a wide variety of geraniums, all plants giving a wide variety of foliage,
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there were several arches and some obelisks, clematis was used as well as roses to climb these,
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I am sorry about the quality of the photos but I foolishly took photos with the tablet thingy, thinking I was going to publish a post while I was in Sussex, what a silly old woman I was ……

The Roses

Rose Pat Austin

Rose Pat Austin

Rose Reine des Violettes

Rose Reine des Violettes

Rose Hyde Hall

Rose Hyde Hall

Rose Golden Wings

Rose Golden Wings

Rose Molineux

Rose Molineux

I took photos of the name plates after the photo of the rose so I would have the names, but I can’t read the next one,

Rose ____ _elea__ ______

Rose ____ _elea__ ______

Rose Grace

Rose Grace

Rose Penelope

Rose Penelope

09 Rose Sceptered Isle

Rose Sceptered Isle

Rose Benjamin Britten

Rose Benjamin Britten

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