Sunday, 22 May 2011

Archive: Italian Shelter

Here’s one from the Hidcote archives of the Italian Shelter in 1948, taken as part of a colour collection for Conde Nast. The Italian Shelter is positioned just off the Bathing Pool, and is a pleasant spot to sit with the sound of the cherub fountain trickling away in the background. The delightful climber trailing the hedge alongside the Bathing Pool is Tropaeolum speciosum, a wonderful piece of herbage that Johnston worked hard to establish around the garden! This plant, although vigorous once established, is rather difficult to propagate with the seeds taking up to a year to germinate.

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