Rococo comes from the words for shell and rock.
In the mid 18th century owners liked to “Show off” their gardens by crowding many features into a small area. These 18th century gardens are”not so much about collections of plants but rather a place where plants become part of the furnishings of a flamboyant outdoor room in which to entertain.”
Painswick House in Gloucester has such a garden.
The garden occupies a valley.
It is best to walk up the valley and view the garden as intended.
The aim is to” lead the eye in various directions from the surrounding landscape to the follies” etc. that adorn the garden.
Today clear skies showed the snowdrops at their best. The trees were relected in the ponds and birds sang overhead.
All this lifted the spirit in a glimpse of the growing season about to begin!