Day 123: considered disorder

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


There’s a little corner in the gardens at Penshurst Place that a casual observer might be forgiven for thinking had been overlooked by the gardeners. Against a mellow backdrop of york stone paving and mellow old brick walls, the plants seem to have been given free reign – weeds in the cracks between flagstones – Spanish bluebells given free reign (gasps)! Some nice big leaved hostas and ferns unfurling, but the box hedges are a bit wafty, and last year’s hornbeam leaves are blowing about on the ground. Forgotten? Unloved? Don’t you believe it. These kind of causal indolence is as studied and meticulous as any fussily clipped parterre or ultra-contemporary showpiece. I love it.

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, writer, photographer, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking this image.