Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Shear Perfection

T IS FOR?
TOPIARY!
Trimmed to a tee, some tantalising topiary that we were fortunate to be treated to on our travels in September. Firstly above and below in the gardens at Great Dixter, Kent ~


and then this tailored allée in Les Jardins de Séricourt, France ~


where we were also treated to this tableux ~


Not quite tea for two but terribly civilised nevertheless.

Tango over to ABC Wednesday for more on the terrific letter T.

15 comments:

  1. A skill I DO NOT HAVE.
    Impressive.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  2. Tea for Two is a delightful Topiary. Thanks for the creative post today.

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  3. Love the tea 4 two sculpture, but that looks more like a wine bottle!

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  4. Terribly keen on topiary especially the touchy-feely towers, Anna. Tea table tickled me :)
    p.s. did not know your tooting tutors twister

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  5. What talented gardening and sheering!

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  6. What a lovely array of topiary - I absolutely adore the Les Jardins de Sericourt - make me want to get clipping right away - I note they use Yew quite a lot, which would be my choice - I'm not so keen on the smell of box - is there an odourless one?

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  7. I am always torn in two by topiary... Love the look, in some contexts, can see how it can set off more exuberant planting, hate the idea of the upkeep, and all the times when it looks faintly shaggy and neither one thing nor the other. To be admired but not grown myself, I think! Though FIL might go for it in a big way once we have moved...

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  8. Such wonderful sharp outlines. If I had acreage, lots of free time and a steady hand... instead I must admire from afar. Although a topiary dalek out the front is tempting...
    Sara

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  9. I love to see topiary but goodness me, that must take some upkeeping. Love the table setting, I haven't seen anything like that before.

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  10. I love that avenue of different shapes - it must be lovely to have enough space to devote to topiary like that, unfortunately all I have is one holly shaped like a lollipop.

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  11. Would like to try my hand at this but it's probably too late in garden.

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  12. Oh wow - I'd love to be able to do that - but fear it may be beyond my scope...hehe

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  13. Great photos Anna. Great Dixter is on my list of places to visit next year. Really love that French garden. I've got a bit of topiary in my own garden with 2 yew cones either side of my front door and box balls in the back garden. I don't think I've got the patience for anything more complicated.

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  14. Wonderful examples! Dixter is always a favorite with me and the tailored allee reminds me of Rosemary Verey's winter walk at Barnsley, but more detailed.

    Glad I stopped by from Plantaliscious!
    Julie

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  15. That allee looks like a take on Jacques Wirtz' low hedge.

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