Useful And Fantastic: A Surprise Wild Romantic Cottage Garden - Introduction
Val Yule introduces a book about her garden - a garden which combines delight and thoughtful ecology.
During World War 2, at ten years old, I went Digging up for Victory everything I could, including the driveway. Later, in Scotland, I grew snowmen. Shake off the snow, and pick the snap-frozen broccoli and roses underneath.
Home in Australia my father grew a model railway in our small backyard. but now we have a romantic wild cottage garden with miniature landscape, serendipity nature strip, experimental back yard and the opposite of Computer-Aided-Design. Its themes are freedom, adventure, refuge, closeness to the Untameable Wild, the comedies, tragedies and heroism of the wildlife creatures, free exercise, fresh food, lazy hours in sunshine, joyful washing waving from the Hills Hoist, water-saving experiments, self-sown surprises, baked potatoes in the garden stove, the dramatic struggles with Evil Weeds that seek world-domination, flowers to give away, and the pleasure of passers by at something lovely in bloom whatever the season.
My romantic wild cottage garden has over two hundred varieties of plants and fungi.
Another extract from Val's book will appear next Wednesday.