Categories
architecture garden design garden furniture garden photography garden seating gardening gardens gardens open to the public

Are you sitting comfortably? – Part 7 in this very occasional series

When checking through my past posts in this series I actually found 4 that I had prepared but never posted, so here is the first rather late as it is No 7! Enjoy anyway!

We will began my seventh selection of seats found in gardens I visit with Jude the Undergardener aka Mrs Greenbench, with a selection we discovered while exploring the wonderful Lake District. We will begin in the garden at Hill Top, where the seating was all very rustic.

2015 06 05_2467 2015 06 05_2481

The selection at Ruskin’s Garden, Brantwood was even more rustic and fitted well in their environment.

2015 06 05_2492 2015 06 05_2506 2015 06 05_2509 2015 06 05_2517

The seat we loved most of all at Brantwood was a big throne of slate slabs which was Ruskin’s Seat where he sat and thought and did much of his writing.

2015 06 05_2532 2015 06 05_2531

In complete contrast the seats at Holker Hall were very varied both in design and materials they were constructed from.

2015 06 05_2677 2015 06 05_2661 2015 06 05_26582015 06 05_2676 2015 06 05_2660   2015 06 05_2646 2015 06 05_2643 2015 06 05_2632 2015 06 05_26302015 06 05_2668 2015 06 05_2650

So that is it for my 7th post in this very occasional series of posts on garden seating. i hope you found them comfortable and enjoyed the views from them. I will be compiling number 8 as soon as this is published so we have lots more seats to sit upon.

 

Categories
birds colours garden design garden photography garden wildlife gardening gardens open to the public ornamental trees and shrubs trees woodland

A Week in the Lake District – Part 4 – Brantwood

I had read a book about the making of the gardens at Brantwood in the Lake District, so when we found ourselves nearby we were determined to make time for a visit. Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin who believed in gardening with wildlife so his garden is often described as one of the closest to the ideals propounded by William Robinson.

2015 06 05_2488 2015 06 05_2487

We visited on a hot sunny day so were pleased that we were exploring a woodland garden. As with other places we visited in the Lake District we were astonished to hear so much birdsong, missing now in much of the UK due to modern agricultural practices. Thrushes both Song and Mistle, along with their cousins the Blackbird, seemed to sing loudly from every tree. Blackcaps, Robins, Wrens and Whitethroats performed with equal gusto from the layer of shrubs and bushes.

Every surface whether ground, tree trunk, wall or rock-face seemed to be home to plants. We had to look everywhere all around us to make sure we didn’t miss a hidden gem or two.

2015 06 05_2486 2015 06 05_24892015 06 05_2491 2015 06 05_2495

From the highest parts of the garden we glimpsed on occasion views of Coniston Water. It is possible to arrive at Brantwood via the lake on a steam paddle boat.

2015 06 05_2499 2015 06 05_2490

The woodland garden felt just as Ruskin wished it to when he wrote about gardening there. He wanted to look back at where he had been gardening and see no sign that he had been there, just the hand of nature.

2015 06 05_2496 2015 06 05_24982015 06 05_2500 2015 06 05_2501 2015 06 05_2502 2015 06 05_2504 2015 06 05_2505 2015 06 05_2507 2015 06 05_25082015 06 05_2511 2015 06 05_2512 2015 06 05_2513 2015 06 05_2515 2015 06 05_2516 2015 06 05_2521 2015 06 05_2524

As we wandered the garden paths through the valleys, alongside streams and beneath trees we kept a look out for Ruskin’s seat, set in his favourite part of the garden. It was beautifully crafted from local slate and was now weathered and covered in lichen. I think this would please Ruskin if he could see it now.

2015 06 05_2532 2015 06 05_2531