A totally different experience visiting the garden in June. I had a good few hours to scout around looking at outdoor locations and taking measurements. Herbaceous borders looking stunning. Things in the garden will be different again by September but I now have a much better idea of the lay-out and atmosphere of the place. It was also interesting to see all the visible signs of human intervention: staked trees, bamboo canes, wire support structures, labelling, planted out seedlings and so on. Think I’ve solved the materials dilemma for working outside…watch this space.
This is the image that really stuck in my mind. This time of year not a lot was growing but all this activity is going on to create new plants. Very artificial looking and somewhat like food (sushi?) This way of reproducing would never happen naturally, only through intensive intervention and nurturing.