Day 113: old brick and yew

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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Bear with me, won’t you? I know we’re in full tulip frenzy just now, but I want to take one last look at some of the details and textures that help to create the underlying structure in our gardens, before they disappear under a froth of exuberant flowers and foliage from now till November. And few things give quite such a feeling of purpose and intent when laying out a garden as a decent brick wall, and an evergreen hedge of yew (Taxus baccata). You’d have to add a well-constructed wall of local stone to the list, of course, and if you were being fussy you might want rather less mortar between courses than the brick wall pictured, but the theory is sound. The partnership between mineral and organic seems entirely appropriate for the skeleton of a garden, the manmade and the natural, hand-in-hand, encapsulating the very essence of what it is to garden.


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