A City Garden
The possibilities for town gardens are always fascinating. On the one hand they can be a derelict shambles, then, over the wall, inches away, a heaven!
William Morris suggested that a garden should be thought of as rooms continuing and leading out from the house. Town or country, this is very helpful. When you have acres of room, often the success is with hedges and walls dividing up and making different rooms to delight in. In a smaller town garden the same applies, and always needs the turning of any problems into advantages and inspiration. The challenges become a large part of the enjoyment!
This Oxford city garden, from the 1880s, was built over completely by an extraordinary hotchpotch of single storey bakery buildings. It was found empty, with piles of rubble… What fun!
But, glee, this garden faces west. With sun and light the task was easy, a veritable gift.