Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A Gentleman from Denmark

The gardens of Claus Dalby

A few years ago we had a wonderful customer who we were always happy to see. She was a vibrant, feisty 80 year old gardener with the most perfect name of Faith. She was sheer radiance and I always felt uplifted after being in her presence. She was an angel... a beautiful, loving spirit all decked out in black rubber boots and a plaid jacket. Her aura simply filled any room she entered.

Truly happy people like Faith are not that easy to find. Today, though, through the almighty grace of the internet, I came across a most inspiring gentleman from Denmark who seems to fit this bill nicely. He is a gardener by the name of Claus Dalby, who has designed and created a truly beautiful garden in Denmark. He is also a gifted writer. 

Dalby's gardening blog http://www.clausdalby.dk is written in his native tongue, and though the Google translation to english is at times charming, and others a little weird, the sweetness of the man who writes it and the gentleness of his soul comes shining through.

I love the tender simplicity of white gardens and was completely drawn to the composition that Dalby has created in his. His use of texture, contrast, repetition, and rythm is masterful and enchanting. The transition from season to season and from one flush of colour to another is a great demonstration of planning (and planning, and planning). 

The blog itself is a treasure trove of gardening advice, plant combinations, and encouraging words. I won't spoil it for you, you really need to grab a cup of tea and browse through it yourself. I am gushing, I know, (and using an abundance of adjectives)...but I'm having a hard time stopping myself.

Here are just a few of the photos waiting for you...

Leveillei  anemone

"Everything breathes peace and tranquility in the garden.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and my white doves 
circling around their pigeonholes."
~ Claus Dalby

Iris pseudacorus with spring green tulips 

Lunneria dancing through the tulips

Its a happy day for me when I find something new and different...new plants, new designers, new insights. Gardening is a school that will forever offer new lessons. I hope you enjoyed this post and appreciate your comments and I thank those who have sent me encouraging emails, they really do mean a lot.  Now please go make that tea and spend some time with this lovely gentleman from Denmark.


  1. Dear Brenda. Spotted your name among Mr.Claus Dalby´s commentators, and got tempted to visit your blog. Wow! Beautiful photos and interesting stories. Exciting job you have.
    I do share with you, true passions of mine, great admiration for marple, Austin roses and mr.Claus Dalby´s garden and blog. AND you´re absolutely right, mr. Dalby is an utmost and very talented and gifted person. He always presents fascinating topics and loads of beautiful photographs on his blog. Also he´s very generous on help and advice, too.
    Don´t have a blog myself, however, I do ´surf´ a lot, looking for inspiration.
    I wish you the best of luck with your blog.
    Keep up the good work. Best regards, Iris, DK.

  2. Thank you so much Iris - it was very nice to hear from you and I will do my very best to keep presenting all sorts of interesting topics. I am a "surfer" too, love the thrill of discovery, you'll never know what you find - like extraordinary gardeners in Denmark!

  3. Dear Brenda,

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your nice words. Kind regards Claus