An English Garden

by Monographical Uk October. 27, 2018 124 views

One of the most stunning sights you can hope to see, has to be the view over a garden in the middle of summer, and slightly less so in spring and autumn but still a fantastic place to take inspiration from.

We get all kinds of weather in England, no real extremes of heat or cold, and that makes for a lush colourful and vibrant backdrop.

Quite often, the sun shines down and then all of a sudden out of nowhere comes a rain shower and that can create some amazing images. The raindrops settle on the petals of the flowers, ready to roll off to the floor.

Colours change throughout the seasons, and some plants spend the winter looking as though they have died and are really struggling and then all of a sudden the sun comes along and the ground warms up and then boom, out comes the new life.

The hydrangea bush is a prime example of this. All winter, brown and sparse and then in the summer time out comes the multitude of flowering heads, each bush with a different colour dependant on the nature of the soil.

Sometimes, the time just before the new colours burst forward can be the best time, some of the plant life is so intricate as it prepares to flower.

Members of the thistle family being a great example of such plants. The sharp spiky exterior protects the growing petals inside.

Getting up really close to some of the flowers gives you a greater understanding of how they are formed and what makes them what they are.

Often very brightly decorated with one or more colours, they attract the insects and it is the hole right in the centre that is the important part. The transfer of the pollen from the visiting insects to the stamen being crucial for the reproduction system.

Whilst we are talking about the stamen, it is worth noting that all flowers are different, some are hidden deep in small cavities and others are sitting proud out of the centre of the flower - all different, all essentially doing the same job.

But it's not always bright flowers that are the star of the show, quite often some of the surrounding foliage can be just as stunning.

Ivy forms a recognisable part of most gardens in England, often growing wild and out of control, but also controlled and well managed as well.

As the ivy grows skywards, your view is naturally taken upwards towards the canopy overhead, the branches and leaves offering shady comfort in the warm summer months.

Contrast between the dark trunk and branches and the lighter green leaves gives you an idea of how complicated the tree structure actually is and what it takes to transport the nutrients and water around.

Those nutrients will eventually be used by some plant life to create food that we can harvest and eat - often in the form of berries or fruit.

Now, I have no idea whether these berries are poisonous to humans or not, but I would guess they are, so you need to be a little careful with what you pick.

I am sure the local birds love them and they give you an idea of what is out there.

After an afternoon looking around your garden, then you will always be excused for bringing some of that colour back indoors with you.

Roses are always a favourite, coming in all colours and sizes, they are so well crafted and scented they will always bring a smile to anyone who views them.

The English garden has so much variety and so many changing scenes, it remains one of my favourite places to stroll around and admire.

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