South Garden – Wild Garden and Headstones
This is dictated by spring, when naturalised wood anemones and violets flower in the grass below the Magnolia Walk. So the white of the anemones is complemented by white daffodils, scented white viburnums and the magnolias. Of course the daffodils have a hint of lemon, which doesn’t quite hit the spot with the deep pink in the viburnum and magnolia flowers, but I seem to mind less each year.
The point is that here I wanted to keep the anemones and violets, and indeed, the original pasture. So I planted into the rough grass and this is (part) of what happens.
In the summer this area has a variety of tough hardy perennials which have been planted directly into the turf, so as to disturb the naturalised wild flowers as little as possible, and also as an experiment to see if such a scheme can be aesthetic. Most people avert their eyes, but I think it’s beginning to work, especially in late summer, with crocosmia and solidago (stunning combination of orange and yellow) all over the place.
The headstones commemorate variations of local names: of a nearby settlement (The Cot), a local spring (Earl’s Well) and the local river (The Angiddy). In my research of old papers I’ve found lots of different versions of names, some of which are now recorded here in stone, thanks to Caitriona Cartwright.