When I first had our seats made at Veddw I had to work out what colour to paint them.

Crocosmia Lucifer by seat, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham.2. s

I tried lots of colours and found pink kind of worked – but I thought it was weird.
Until I realised that the gravel, which is from a local quarry, is pink when wet. And when the fields are ploughed you can see – the soil is pink. (Ours isn’t –  the result of years of mulching, I think, it’s dark brown). We’re on Old Red Sandstone.

View from Veddw garden copyright Anne Wareham

And, of course, terracotta is pink/red and means ‘baked earth’.

View over Reflecting Pool at Veddw garden copyright Anne Wareham

It’s not easy to get this colour right. I had to mix it at first and I’m not sure I hit the spot. I can get masonry paint now in ‘terracotta’ – but it horrifies some people (like Helen Yemm!) and often comes out awful in otherwise good pictures of the garden. Blame Photoshop for that..

Veddw House Garden, Monmouthshire, Wales. Designed and created by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes. July. The Reflecting Pool and Hedge Garden with view to the Coppice. Yew Hedges (Taxus baccata)

Too pink……

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