That's right, it's time for an elocution lesson. As a garden connoisseur you are bound to have heard of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf but if you are non Dutch speaking do you also know how to pronounce his name correctly?
When I talk with non Dutch garden geeks who are raving about Mr Oudolf I often have to ask them to repeat that name as it's mostly so badly mispronounced as to leave me clueless of whom they are talking about.
Piet is difficult to pronounce when your native tongue is English, I readily admit it, but lets have a go at it anyway: Piet is pronounced as ....... Pete. Sorted!
Oudolf is slightly more difficult but I think you will be able to pull it off if you put your back into it.
Oudolf has 2 syllables: Ou - dolf
First syllable sounds exactly the same as ou in house or ouch. Now say ouch, now say it without the ch. Done.
Second syllable: dolf. Say dolphin, now say it without the in just dolfff. Let's put those two sounds together Ou-dolff. Piet Oudolf. Done and dusted.
O, and if perchance you know Mr Swift personally, please put the man out of his misery and direct him Bliss-ward.
NB all the pictures shown in this post were taken in June 2008 at Piet Oudolf's garden and nursery.
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