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The fountain

 

Turning to the right from that main path one comes across the fountain. Before the Friends of the Garden won a big lottery grant, this was in very poor condition, unfortunately, for cost reasons, it was decided to use plastic for the tiers of the fountain, rather than the original marble.  The plastic becomes very messy over the course of the year.

 

It turns out that I was right in thinking that the small flowering tree shown earlier, was a Dogwood - the tree beside the notice board in the picture is Cornus kousa, var. chinensis, or Chinese Dogwood; while the tree on the other side - I showed just the blossom, is probably a cultivar of Cornus florida (or American Dogwood) possibly ‘Rainbow’ or ‘First Lady’ - my informant isn't entirely sure.

 

 

 

 

The fountain

 

Turning to the right from that main path one comes across the fountain. Before the Friends of the Garden won a big lottery grant, this was in very poor condition, unfortunately, for cost reasons, it was decided to use plastic for the tiers of the fountain, rather than the original marble.  The plastic becomes very messy over the course of the year.

 

It turns out that I was right in thinking that the small flowering tree shown earlier, was a Dogwood - the tree beside the notice board in the picture is Cornus kousa, var. chinensis, or Chinese Dogwood; while the tree on the other side - I showed just the blossom, is probably a cultivar of Cornus florida (or American Dogwood) possibly ‘Rainbow’ or ‘First Lady’ - my informant isn't entirely sure.

 

 

 

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 May 2020, 00:45
I like water features in a garden, Tom, but am not so warm about plastic ones. I do like your image.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray.
Jolie fontaine qui doit être bien agréable lorsqu'il fait chaud.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine.
And on a lovely sunny day!
Tom Wilson: It was indeed - now it has turned a little chilly.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 May 2020, 05:16
Plastic instead of marble doesn't sound like an intelligent choice Tom..
Tom Wilson: Not the best, certainly, Chris.
Plastic hardly seems right. I am pleased the dogwood mystery has been resolved
Tom Wilson: Yes, a short-sighted decision, I think.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere+in+deep+space
  • 12 May 2020, 07:56
Remember you can only meet people in the park on a one to one basis and at a distance of two metres. If you don’t know the other people then I think you can mix with as many as you like as long as the separation is adhered to.
Tom Wilson: Confusion reigns - but with Johnson in charge what can you expect!?
What a shame about the use of plastic, at last it looks good from a distance.
Tom Wilson: Yes, when it is all cleaned up it is fine.
I like the capture of the fellow's jaunty gait.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Care.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 May 2020, 17:22
The shape of the fountain looks beautiful, it reminds me of a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, Roman Fountain (Borghese):

Two basins, one above the other, from

within an ancient rounded marble rand.

And from the top one, waters softly come,

spilling to waters under them that stand

and wait and meet their whispers, playing dumb.

Hidden, as in the hollow of a hand,

they show them sky behind the green and gloom,

like some strange object from a foreign land.

Calmly, within their lovely basin-shell,

they widen — never homesick — ring by ring,

and only sometimes, ping by dream-soft ping,

drop down the mossy scrim in single file

to reach that final mirror softening

the basin with its stone-transforming smile.
Tom Wilson: That's absolutely lovely - I'll pass it on to my contact in the Gardens.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 May 2020, 18:06
Looks a pleasant place to social distance, Tom
Tom Wilson: And people do seem very intent on doing so!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 May 2020, 18:14
This looks like a great place to visit and have a good time. Love the fountain.
Tom Wilson: It's a lovely place to walk around and, as it is on a hill - quite good exercise!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 May 2020, 19:19
From here, the fountain looks fine but obviously very different with the naked eye. I'll take your word regarding the trees; all far to clever for me smile
Tom Wilson: I needed someone cleverer than me to tell me I was right, Alan smile
it's framed very well with the fountain to the side Tom... i wouldn't think that a plastic fountain would get slimy over the seasons... thanks for telling the types of trees around it....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Peter - hope you are staying safe!

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