We had a trip to Barnsdale on Tuesday on our way to (WARNING! Put your fingers in your ears if you don’t want to hear this!) pick up some artificial turf from LazyLawn, which is based nearby. The decision on the turf was not taken lightly but nor is it irreversible, although there will many among you who think we are off our heads for going down this route. However it is only an area of 4.6 sqm which is very approximately o.34% of the total area and in that respect is neither here nor there, so will not impact on wildlife. The newest artificial turf looks and feels incredibly realistic and we would not have entertained the change if this wasn’t the case, so let’s all just see how it works out.
We don’t intend to lay it yet, but wanted to take advantage of a ‘Black Friday’ discount and balking at the carriage charge we were happy to drive the 60 miles or so to pick it up, particularly with its proximity to Barnsdale. We seem to end up at Barnsdale at least once a year, in various seasons, and as well as the lunch there is always something to enjoy. This time I was particularly struck by the structure of the garden, its bones laid bare by the onset of wintry weather and a hardworking team of diligent gardeners. Shapely seedheads of rudbeckia, verbena, verbascum and others were left standing for the benefit of the birdlife and the few visitors that pop in during the off-season (there had been about a dozen on Wednesday, including ourselves, but some had only come for lunch). I seem to have missed taking photos of the seedheads, but have a look at these others and appreciate how the underlying structure of a garden can bring interest in every month of the year: