Sunday, 9 January 2011


While Madame Ganna Walska rather famously said, I am an enemy of the average

She also opined, More is better.

''More is better,'' she said, and where traditionally one or two plants would do, Madame, in signature profusion, would place a hundred of the same species. She loved minerals. She adorned herself with jewels and her garden with amethyst crystals, lava rocks and seashells. Her sense of romance (it's hard to imagine being married six times without having some sense of the romantic) comes alive in her unique Blue Garden, which shimmers under a full moon. - Sean K. MacPherson 

Enemy Of The Average
April 14, 2002
The New York Times

Her legacy Lotusland,  beautifully captured by  Karl Gercens (via, is  living testament to her unique expression of spirit and perspective.

Now playing: Dead Can Dance - Toward the Within


little augury said...

I am so glad you shared this- i followed your link, and can not wait to explore! heaven and heavenly. pgt

Scott Waterman said...

Been there and have always wanted to go back!

see my pix here:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

A woman after my own heart.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Six times? Geez - once seems like plenty.

Pigtown-Design said...

more is better, but you're the BEST!

Thombeau said...

"Enemy of the average"! I love it!!

maison21 said...

i went to lotusland for the first time last year. it's magical.

The Ornamentalist said...

how fabulous! i had not heard of lotusland before!
you know, sometimes i look at something like the first image in this post, and think "i see my future"

John J. Tackett said...

Fantastic! __ The Devoted Classicist