Photo: dievca - fire escape garden 09/2017
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Shakespeare gardens, created out of reverence for the bard, can be found throughout many locations in both the US and Britain. Of these gardens, one of the most famous is that found in Central Park, where it is located on the West Side of the park and 79th street.
What had formerly been known as the Garden of the Heart was, in 1916, renamed the Shakespeare Garden to mark the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Following in the tradition of already established Shakespeare Gardens, the Garden was filled with the beautiful plants and flowers mentioned in the works of the playwright, as well as those featured in his own private garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Garden covers four acres of plants that change according to season. Included among these are plants such as rosemary and pansies, alluded to by Ophelia in Hamlet, thistle, mentioned in the play Much Ado About Nothing, and even a white mulberry tree that is said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in 1602. To aid you in your quest to identify the various species of plant life located within the space, bronze plaques with corresponding quotations from Shakespeare’s plays have been placed sporadically along the path.
Photos from around the web, dievca would like the chance to take her own.
For the dievca who wants to be elegant (for her Sir/Master) all the time.
(even with dirt under her finger nails…)
Found in a shop, but can be bought online:
And if your Madam/Sir prefers a more masculine look:
Garden Glory, the story:
WHY SETTLE FOR
The idea came to me when we moved into our very first house on the Swedish west coast.
To see the house was to love it. Charming and inviting, it had a lovely patio and a stunning garden. A wonderful outdoor environment where we could see ourselves surrounded by the warmth of friends and family.
But then I spotted it – that dull green garden hose, with its orange connectors and rusty wall bracket that just screamed “Ugly! Ugly! Ugly!”. It pulled me from my daydream.
We decided to buy the house on one condition: the garden hose had to find a new home. My suggestion: in the garbage …
I set out to buy a new hose.
“So I decided to do it myself.”
I searched everywhere for a finer one – with a white tube, perhaps, which I thought would match the house perfectly.
And everywhere it was the same sad story: green, green, green and orange, and giant ugly wall mounts.
I almost gave up. But I just couldn’t let go of the idea of a white garden hose. I really wanted one. So I dug deeper and found – to my surprise – that stylish garden hoses simply didn’t exist. How could it be that no one made them?
Especially since, judging from the garden blogs and forums, there was a huge demand.
So I decided to do it myself.
I was now on a mission: to design luxurious alternative garden appliances. And Garden Glory was born.
Why settle for the ordinary?
LINDA BRATTLÖF, MISS GARDEN GLORY