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October 23rd, 2013


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10:28 am - Wednesday wish-places: the topiary edition
Off to a crazy-busy day, but first -- Wednesday wish-places, the topiary edition.

I am fascinated by topiary, the shapes carved into green, the choice of shapes, the element of the uncanny in a topiary garden at sunset, the way they might seem to move if looked at sideways in falling golden light.

They're perfect for the spooky season, yes?

I offer two photographs of places I might like to be (both culled from a 2012 photo-gallery of public topiary gardens). The first is a delicious whimsy -- Levens Hall, a Lake District delight dating back to 1694. The second is in the United States, in Maryland -- Ladew Gardens. This photograph is wonderful, I think, because of the hedges enclosing the topiary shapes, as if to keep them safely within bounds.

What's cool about those photos, too, is that they're taken from above so that we can see the architecture of the spaces. Imagine, though, walking among the shapes -- yes, at sunset; yes, perhaps with a light mist rolling in.

Happy October wish-places imaginings. :)

May you find your own favorite shape for your day today!

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From:mamculuna
Date:October 23rd, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
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What amazing work! I would love to see that. Maybe I will get to one of them, some day.

My favorite topiary is by the self-taught Pearl Fryar (the man himself is wonderful, too). You may have see the video A Man Called Pearl. Or you can just look at the pictures. But nothing is the same as being there, as you say.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'll have to watch the video this evening!

(And I fixed my second link so it actually goes to Ladew Gardens, sigh.)

Cheers and a great Wednesday!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 23rd, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I wish that were the whole video--it's only the trailer, but even that takes a few minutes.

Ah Ladew! Need to get there.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
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It'd be a great short(ish) trip for you! :)

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From:janus_74
Date:October 23rd, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
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The pictures looked a little unreal, very neat.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
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That's the fascinating thing about topiary, I think -- how unreal and yet real they look.

Hugs and a great Wednesday!
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From:paratti
Date:October 23rd, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Cool.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
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I seriously do love topiary. :)

Hugs hugs, L! Happy day!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:October 23rd, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
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The shapes in the second photo definitely look as if they need keeping within hedges.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Don't they look vaguely menacing, like chess pieces gone bad? :)

Happy Thursday, Stevie!
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From:gwynnega
Date:October 23rd, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow, those are amazing!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I am fascinated by them. :))

Hugs, Gwynne, and a lovely evening!
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From:kathyh
Date:October 23rd, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
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I've been to Levens Hall years ago. It really is quite spooky and I'm not sure why as we were there in the bright light of day.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 23rd, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I am glad for confirmation of their spookiness, and appreciative of your courage! You are v. cool, K. :)

[hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 24th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
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Spookiness in spades (see Children of Greene Knowe) for confirmation.

Also, there's is a supremely silly half block in Houston alongside a nursery filled with potted topiary animals etc. I wll attempt to take a picture in two weeks when we go for the annual book fair/BBQ scarfing expedition.

Hugs and waves~!

edited for proper punctuation...

Edited at 2013-10-24 12:36 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
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Oh, a street of potted topiary animals, BLESS. :) I suddenly want a topiary corgi.

(Oh dear.)

Hugs, ALH, and a nice Thursday!
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From:roguedemon
Date:October 24th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
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Wow. I tend to just like things as wild as possible, but those spaces are so unique I can't help but be captivated. ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you like the spaces! They're really cool places to dream about. :)

Cheers, hugs, and a lovely day!
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From:stateless82
Date:October 24th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
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Wonderful pictures, people make such amazing things.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
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I am always so mesmerized by garden design, and these are spectacular. [nods]

Cheers and hugs, S!!
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From:anne_d
Date:October 24th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
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That is some major topiary, all right.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
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Perfect illustrations of "Go big or go home!" :)

Hugs, A, and a good Thursday.

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