Such a pretty typical English garden. The poppies, in particular, are everywhere - they self seed and it is difficult to control them. I do so love their delicate petals.
I tried for years to have an English garden. I finally accepted that it just was not going to work out in southeast Alabama. I would love to have poppies and foxglove, but they don't thrive here. Will you have poppies in your garden this year?
Our garden is a mix of a big evergreen space with lots of trees and a second garden where we grow vegetables with a small greenhouse and raised beds. I also grow masses of herbs for cooking in raised beds, and lots of pots. I have been very ill for over a year and missed a whole season so I have lots of catching up to do. We grow some flowers and flowering shrubs but would love to have more. This year we have planted lots of spring bulbs so I am hoping for a good show of daffodils and tulips in particular. xx
Your garden sounds beautiful. I hope you post lots of pictures of it. :-)
In Elizabethan times when Anne and Will were hanging out on the banks of the Avon, this cottage garden would have been vastly different. Traditional cottage gardens evolved over the next four centuries into gardens of abundance, with every nook and cranny filled with everything from roses to cabbages. The cottage garden we love today is more Victorian than Elizabethan. Elizabethan gardens were more structured and tidy. The Victorian cottage garden was created by poor crofters who used their little plots to grow food to sustain their families. Flowers and shrubs were added only if there was room and usually from cuttings or seeds. It's a lovely evolution, because by the 20th century, gardeners took to cottage gardening for the aesthetic value over the sustenance value. I've never visited Anne Hathaway's cottage. I do have a lovely antique sepia print (circa 1910) of it sitting in my study, and it's also quite different from the garden we see today. It pleases me. Thanks for sharing your pictures. It's more formal than I thought it was.
Thank you for commenting, and for the information on the evolution of the cottage garden. I love cottage gardens. I'll bet your sepia print of Anne Hathaway's cottage is beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. :-)
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