The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Blenheim specimen trees

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We shall next say one word on the manner in which the single plants, and the small groups and masses, have been distributed over the lawn. This has not been done with much taste. They are too equally scattered over every part, so that breadth of effect in the lawn is in a great measure destroyed: they might have been sufficiently distinct to show the individual beauties of the plants, and yet, at a distance, have formed large groups and masses. We do not object to the introduction of the two straight lines of rare trees before mentioned; on the contrary, we think they afford an agreeable contrast to the prevailing character of intricacy and variety; but we do decidedly object to the spotty frittered appearance, which every one possessing a painter's eye must allow to be the result of the numerous single plants and groups introduced by the duke.