J's Garden Notes - Spring 2016
A Cheshire Wellhead
We are very lucky in this business to have the opportunity to hunt this land for items of beauty for gardens.
Antique, old, unusual, interesting and brimming with history and all with their own stories to tell.
Just occasionally we find something that stands out. There is a feel to it. This is one such item. An 'Estate' made wellhead from Cheshire. Simply carved on the estate with a crest and emblem of Cheshire added later. I wont guess at the date this was created. Safe to say it has seen many centuries.
There is an inscription on one of the crests - 'ego sitienti dabo de fonte' which loosely translated says 'to him who is thirsty I will give to drink'.
The original overthrow would have been a simple wooden one. This one has been added later and is decorative and well made.
This simply beautiful English sandstone wellhead looks as if it belongs wherever it is placed. Its thick walls and simply hewn stone, smoothed with time and use gives weight and meaning to wherever it is placed.
'Venus au Bain'
20th century composite figure after Christophe Gabriel Allegrain.
The original marble figure from 18th century is in the Louvre where it has been since 1824. This study launched the career of the previously unknown artist, Christophe Gabriel Allegrain, and was very much admired for its simplicity and naturalness in the beauty of the female form. It, at the time had ‘the admiration of even the masters of art’. It has been reproduced over the years and is still a very popular figure today. This particular statue is gentle in character, well made and in very good condition.
We spend our lives looking out for simple stone bird baths. They sell so quickly that we almost never have any bird baths sitting in our stock. Unusually we find ourselves with several at the moment. A really lovely range of sizes and stones.
For winter’s rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the Spring begins
From Atalanta in Calydon by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Chelsea Flower Show - Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th May
Stand No. Southern Road SR/274
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - Tuesday 5th to Sunday 10th July
Stand No. HC/415
Same place as last year top of long water by champagne restaurant
This beauty would look wonderful as a centrepiece to a rose garden, kitchen garden, parterre garden or at the end of a path.
We Like ................................
Hatfield House Gardens, Hatfield, Herts
www.hatield-house.co.uk Opens to the public from 26th March this year and is well worth a visit if you have not been.
Especially my most favourite - The East Garden which is only open on a wednesday
Charming childrens set of garden furniture