From Rajasthan to Rousham - it was Born (aka Plant Chaser) who put this idea in my head - thank you! When I read his comment on my last entry, even I began to realise how extraordinary it is that one week I could be way off the beaten track in India, but return to the UK and then write about English gardens in springtime just a few days later. And reflecting further on his comment, I realised there were similarities between two of the great gardens I've visited in the last two weeks - Bijaipur Palace and Rousham House - despite the 5,000 miles that separates them.
|The garden at Bijaipur Palace, Rajasthan - filled with English flowers in February and March|
The garden at Bijaipur Palace is filled with English flowers, thanks to a former palace resident and passionate garden lover who brought her seeds back from Britain - and is in full bloom throughout our English winter. I was there in February and the garden looked quite glorious - a real surprise when you consider that most of Rajasthan is an arid desert. I've yet to write about the Bijaipur tented camp on Pangarh Lake, but promise to do so in the next couple of weeks. (You can read more about this in Paul and Pauline's Sussex Prairies in the "Blogs I Love" list on the right).
|The garden at Rousham House - filled with English flowers throughout our summer (May-September)|
Rousham House is open throughout the year and is remarkably similar to Bijaipur in terms of its grandeur. Hailed as one of the greatest gardens of the world by Monty Don in his popular television series, I have to agree that this is one of my favourite gardens too, with its sheer sense of scale. I was there last weekend and on a grey, wintery day, this sense of space - so rarely available in modern gardens - is even more evident.