the work of various local craftspeople provides punctuation (and is simultaneously for sale), while
‘Tardiva’ hydrangea and banana, which is sheltered in a greenhouse over winter, also serve as focal points
in a garden spilling with exuberance.
in by the dangling, foot-long, ghostly
white trumpets of a brugmansia or
an oversize angel wing begonia that
seems poised to take flight.
Bockbrader still creates massive
flower arrangements, the kind that
require a ladder to finesse, but nowadays,
orchestrating the look at Campo de’ Fiori
inside and out takes most of her time.
At Campo, she can let all her
opinionated proclivities rip. “Stubby,
ungraceful scrum,” she’ll mutter at
the slightest mention of wax begonias.
She prefers orange Exbury azaleas, any
lettuce leaf poppies except red, white
love-in-a-mist, “scrumptious sherbet
peach” dahlias, and magenta four-o’clocks. Actually, the four-o’clocks
are on probation. They went downhill
rapidly after their moment of glory last
season. “But that was all right, because
I’m always editing,” she says. “Some
people are loath to pull things out.
Maybe I’m just a control freak.”
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