Dark Water, Light Lillies
Water features are quite common in British gardens. These bits of blue provide a contrast in colour and texture in many gardens crammed with blooms. Gertrude Jekyll, a famous garden designer of the last century, was a strong promoter of this watery addition, but this small private garden in Winchelsea, an ancient walled town just off the English Channel, had not, I suspect, such a famous designer. We were fortunate to get to see this hidden garden as it was open for only one day a year to the public under a scheme to raise money for the local hospital. Programs of this type are numerous and draw battalions of visitors, some with notepads in hand, who very carefully examine all the plantings for tips that they might use in their own gardens. These are almost horticulture classes for those avid amateurs who so lovingly tend their own back gardens.
8" x 10"