Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Bijou

'Bijou' = small but attractive; small but elegant and tasteful...... Sometimes the nicest things come in very small packages - as with this back garden in the middle of Saltaire. It belongs to one of the 'open houses' of the Saltaire Arts Trail. To take the photo, I stood in the doorway to the house - the entire garden is only a few paces square. Unlike yesterday's garden, it didn't contain any artwork (though there was plenty in the house) but something about the way it was arranged and planted seemed to me really pleasing and uplifting. To my mind the whole little yard is in itself a small work of art: a pleasant place to linger with a coffee and a book, or chat to a friend. Small can definitely be beautiful.

14 comments:

  1. Very much the little city garden.

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  2. Yes, I agree. In fact I think I'd rather have this yard than my small but neglected lawns!

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  3. This looks to be about the same size as my previous back yard in Old Trafford. It's surprising how much you can do in a small space. This is beautifully planted and arranged.

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  4. A cosy coutyard looks welcoming. It wouldn't take a lot of looking after not like mine that desperately needs some attention.

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  5. Size doesn't matter, i keep wanting more. This is well tended and a nice arrangement.Sorry you missed the horse, the washer was more needed.

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  6. I could sit here for hours with a book and coffee

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  7. It is a work of art. The private quality with the great color of the wall and the plants makes it so inviting.

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  8. What a lovely corner! A bijou indeed.

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  9. What a cozy corner. I don't know if you have the show House Hunters International in the UK, but it shows people from around the world searching for a home in a designated country. I'm always amazed by the design and space of European homes, usually smaller than homes in the US, but with so much character and charm. I'm always envious :)

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  10. So lovely! Sometimes less really is more!

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  11. Oooh I love this tiny garden spot! ~Lili

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