Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fragile wilderness

Revisited this garden, a fragile wilderness.

The day is cold and wet. The past week has been cold and wet too. On cue, as if this interlude has divine approval, some benign force begrudgingly squeezes 2 hours' of sunshine into an inhospitable afternoon. Later as I leave, sleet falls again. It seems appropriate.

We visitors make a polite circuit of the garden, stepping daintily to avoid the pools of coloured flowers, unsure of what there is to admire in this wild place. Gaudy garden cultivars have met their delicate country cousins - the cowslip and primrose. They've interbred and spread across lawn and plot - so yellow, orange, red and rusty flowers are strewn underfoot between the pretty Bird's Eye Speedwell making a jewelled and mossy carpet. We watch our feet but forget, at our peril, to look out for the branches and briars that whip and snatch at shoulder level.

No change in the garden; nature continues to reclaim this once productive plot. It is green, chaotic and uncontrived. Its elderly keepers hover uncertainly amongst their curious visitors. One brother confides that this will be, perhaps, the last......maybe.......and his faint 0ld-man-voice trails away. Will the brambles and the beautiful earth reclaim him too?

That said, we go and drink our tea and buy raffle tickets under the watchful photographic eyes of sepia ancestors.

A clock ticks.


Mopsa said...

And cowslips amongst the primroses - how perfect.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Oh a clock ticks indeed - I shudder to think what will become of this fragile place once its owners move on to another sort of paradise.

Pondside said...

Well, I turn my head for a moment and you blog about a wee holiday and gardens - I am obviously not keeping up!
I really studied the cowslips as I don't think we have them here - but primroses we have aplenty.
I've read about the Eden project and would love to see it first hand.

Cowgirl said...

Just been having a good old catch up. I love those dainty little meadow flowers - lovely to see!

Inthemud said...

Almost a year to the day that you revisiting!I see 2 dates differ as leap year!
What a difference a year makes!

Very pretty wild garden

kissa said...

This garden seems to be a jewel where nature is allowed to spread these beautiful floral treasures. Have you naticed that railway embankments are wonderful havens for wild flowers?

elizabethm said...

Sounds beautiful, just the sort of place I love. I am sure you are the sort of visitors the owners value.