I have hardly known what day of the week it was recently, with taking a friend to visit an NGS Yellow Book garden on Sunday, visiting lovely fellow-blogger Noelle of Stasher in Kenilworth (above) on Monday and meeting up with my two sisters, Elder Daughter and The Poppet in London on Tuesday (below, St James’s Park).
Although Kenilworth has had its fair share of rebellions and local battles and regularly hosts re-enactments and jousting we were not in danger of attack on our visit and safely visited the recreated Elizabethan garden, lost for 400 years and now believed to be the most complete picture of an Elizabethan garden anywhere in the world. Originally created for Queen Elizabeth I by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at a time when he still hoped to marry her, the garden designed to seduce and beguile and, with the help of an extraordinary eye witness description from 1575, a £3 million investment made possible the re-creation of the sights, sounds and scents that would have greeted Queen Elizabeth I when she first walked its paths. Living locally, Noelle had the thrill of volunteering in the garden and being involved in its progress from the start.
Thankfully I know today is Thursday and have been home based since these jaunts, so after other activities yesterday I can now continue with on-going garden tasks where casualties continue to pile up – mostly ivy, but you may note that the old cherry has been further reduced in height and stripped of his ivy uniform. After some thought, I have decided to keep the stumps at this height as they screen the stack of chairs behind them. Ideas are now being formulated for the area at the base of the wall – but there are a lot of roots to remove first!
Meanwhile, here in our part of the UK Midlands we are still waiting for the promised rain…..sigh…..