The Rain Dance and more besides!

Waterford, south-east Ireland, 26th June 2021. My habitual position when weeding in the garden is on my knees and the Head Gardener has commented that it is the nearest I ever come to prayer. However, when the garden is showing signs of stress, of drying out from lack of moisture, of plants failing to thrive … Continue reading The Rain Dance and more besides!

Some Benton Irises

Sir Cedric Morris was a doubly gifted man, an accomplished, respected and successful artist and also a wonderful gardener who introduced an extraordinary range of beautiful irises. He established the East Anglian Art School at Benton End and also pursued his interest in breeding irises there. Reportedly, he would sow as many as a thousand … Continue reading Some Benton Irises

Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn from the Land – A Review.

Tom Stuart-Smith has deservedly earned recognition as one of the great British garden and landscape designers. His reimagining of the box parterre in the walled garden at Broughton Grange where the hedging was organised not in a traditional geometric layout but following the cell pattern of a leaf as viewed under the microscope brought him … Continue reading Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn from the Land – A Review.