The Idea of Villa Castagna
A garden is both a real place, and a cloud of possibilities. What you will find here will be both something real, and something that may or may not become real. For this reason you will find no map: Instead you will meet fragments, part real, part possible.
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- Magnolia stellata. *Tuesday 14 September. According to Cliffy’s facebook page, no new covid community cases since the original one 6 days ago. The Grampians Public Health Unit medical director wrote “We think we have contained that matter - it’s looking promising”.The Tomb Circle and what will be the main entrance to the private garden.Daffodils and jonquils.Misty night a week ago.Misty night.Exterior view by night by a recent guest. https://www.donaldyip.com/
Category Archives: English Gardens
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I have just acquired Tim Richardson’s The New English Garden. One of his bugbears is that the art world won’t take gardens seriously as art, a theme he develops in the introduction. I was reminded of my own Gardens and … Continue reading
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