Friday, 20 July 2012

My Alcazar of Seville by Camila Ruz

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For a morning El Real Alcazar of Seville was my garden. The house of Kings, meeting place of conquistadors was for a few hours home to just me.  I did everything I would do in my own back garden when I think that no-one can see me. I hummed, whistled, ran my fingers over statues, smelled jasmine and even dipped a toe in one of the streams, running like veins through the hedges.

When I finished, I lay flat out on one of the tiled benches and dreamed. There are no barriers in the Alcazar, it isn't a crystallised monument, preserved in neat planting and roped off pieces of grass. From fountains that play music and secret water spouts, it is a garden that is meant to be played in. 

And Sevillanos still do. It is free for any inhabitant of that city and they can spend as long as they want under the palm trees. El Real Alcazar is still in full relationship with the living. Even the stone lions look friendly.

Maybe that was why it was so easy to slip into believing that it was mine. And why when I passed through a wall of jasmine and saw the pillar in memory of an exile who lived 1000 years ago, I felt a pang and almost understood.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Hampton Court Flower Show

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Ayer visite al Hampton Court Flower Show.  Este evento es uno de los más importantes en la jardineria del Reino Unido.

La comparación con Chelsea Flower Show es casi inevitable. Mientras Chelsea es más artística y creativa, Hampton Court es un evento para jardineros. El énfasis es en plantas, flores, semillas y herramientas.

Chelsea es un evento social, Hampton Court es una fiesta

Overall winner: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Anoushka Feiler

Más información sobre RHS shows

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Metamorfosis en Wisley

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A veces me ocurre como a Neruda:

Sucede que me canso de ser hombre.
Sucede que entro en las sastrerías y en los cines
marchito, impenetrable, como un cisne de fieltro
navegando en un agua de origen y ceniza.
(Pablo Neruda, Walking Around)

Afortunadamente el antídoto no es complicado. Un paseo por RHS Wisley es suficiente para despejar cualquier sentimiento de nostalgia.

Les dejo unas imágenes de este jardín que me transforma, llenándome de optimismo y alegría. Una metamorfosis simple ¡pero para mí, significativa!

Rosa Warm Wishes 'Fryxotis'
Rosa Poetry in Motion 'Harelan'

Cornus Kousa var. chinensis
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Rosa 'Dupontii'

Rosa Lyda Rose 'Letlyda'

Rosa 'Rambling Rector'
Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sunburst'
Rosa Red Pearl 'Jaccrimb'
Glasshouse Borders, originally designed by Piet Oudolf

Eryngium bourgatii & Allium 'Pinball Wizard'
Centranthus ruber

Veronicastrum 'Adoration'

Papaver somniferum (Purple Opium Poppy)

Rosa fascination 'Poulmax'