On Saturday, I cut the grass for the first time this year.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call our grass a lawn
as it’s full of moss and and other assorted plant life.
It’s just a patch of cut grass for the garden chairs when the weather is warm enough for sitting out and enjoying the sunshine.
There’s a clump of daisies near one end of the grass
and I’ve left them uncut to see what happens next as suggested in The Guardian.
As well as the daisies, our garden has several other very pretty flowers all provided free by Nature.
These pulmonaria have self-seeded from somewhere.
I haven’t planted them and don’t know where they’ve come from. I’ve been told they can become prolific and take over all the available space. They’re behind the garage where the soil is extremely poor so I don’t mind if they do go on the rampage.
This little beauty has made itself a home
between the rocks bordering the path.
And, although I pull loads of these out, they are lovely.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
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or take a moment to sample the opening paragraphs of
Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray.
From The Visitor’s Guide to Budeholme House 2001
Sir Maurice Brearley was born in 1893 at Southfell Hall in the county of Derbyshire. He was the only son of the industrialist Reginald Brearley and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Brearley. Maurice was educated at Trafalgar School and Caius College, Cambridge. At Caius he read History and began his lifelong interest in Botany.
Shortly after Maurice’s graduation in 1914 the First World War was declared. He volunteered immediately and obtained a commission in the North Wolds Light Infantry Regiment. In early 1915 he was sent to the Western Front and saw action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Festubert. For his “conspicuous gallantry, leadership and devotion to duty when under fire” at Festubert he was awarded the Military Cross.
On the 25th September 1915, whilst in action at the Battle of Loos, Maurice received a wound to his leg which disqualified him from further active service. Nevertheless, he was still determined to do all that he could for the war effort. His father had diversified into munitions and in 1916 Maurice went to work in one of his factories, starting on the shop floor. After the war Maurice and his father remained in munitions and together established a number of arms factories throughout Europe.
In 1929, in recognition of his status as a horticulturalist, Maurice was invited to become a member of Professor Copeland’s celebrated expedition to the Amazonian Rain Forest. He returned home with many new specimens of Orchid, and, in later years, he became a leading authority on the species. Maurice’s collection of Orchids which is housed at Budeholme remains one of the most extensive and diverse in England. In 1965 he was awarded the British Horticultural Association’s Medal of Honour for his contribution to horticulture.
In 1937, Maurice’s uncle, the Eighth Marquis of Elderthorpe, conveyed to him his share of Budeholme; as Maurice had already inherited his mother’s half share on her death, the entire Budeholme Estate passed completely into his ownership. Later that year Maurice married Miss Celia Madden who was also a keen horticulturist. On their return from honeymoon, Maurice and his young bride embarked on the many years of hard work that would transform Budeholme’s neglected gardens into the finest in the country. They now extend over forty two acres and fan out from the house in a series of descending terraces.
Throughout the nineteen thirties Maurice was active in the campaign to re-arm Britain and ensure that its defences were sufficient to repel Nazi aggression. When the Second World War came he was immediately co-opted to the Ministry of Supply where his extensive knowledge of the arms industry proved invaluable. For this service to his country he was knighted in 1953.
The post war austerity greatly depressed Maurice. His response was to inaugurate, through a trust fund, the Magnificent Britain competition. The competition was to be held annually and its aim was to determine which communities throughout the United Kingdom had achieved the highest standard of horticulture. The first Magnificent Britain competition was held in 1946 and it continues to take place every year, attracting thousands of entrants ranging in size from the tiniest rural hamlets to the largest London Boroughs. The competition is now held in many countries throughout the world.
Although Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley left England in 1946 to reside in the South of France, they always returned annually to judge the finals of Magnificent Britain.
In 1953 they resumed permanent residence at Budeholme House and six years later Sir Maurice allowed the gardens to be opened to visitors during the summer months. This proved a great success and in 1979 the public were also given limited access to the house. In 1996 a BBC television documentary was made about the work of the Brearley Trust and the production team spent a whole year following and filming the Magnificent Britain competition. This led to even greater interest in Budeholme and visitor numbers increased dramatically.
Late in life Sir Maurice taught himself to draw and paint. Many of his works in oil and water colour are on display in the house.
Sir Maurice Brearley died in 1969 aged seventy six. Lady Brearley is thankfully still with us and retains an active interest in horticulture. Indeed, she still participates in the judging of the final round of the Magnificent Britain competition.
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