This book appeared in the post today. It was addressed to me but I have no idea who sent it. Perhaps it’s a birthday present? Thank you whoever you are! It’s right up my alley. In the forward it says, “Through her writing, she [Mrs C.W. Earle] swayed a wide public away from geometric formality in garden design towards the idea of allowing the garden to grow ‘freely’, producing a ‘natural’ garden that reflected the Pre-Raphaelite doctrine of ‘fidelity to nature’ which had influenced Mrs Earle. ”
Anyone who knows me or who has seen me at work on the allotment will know I don’t do straight lines instead preferring to bung stuff in all over the place. I don’t really do it consciously, I think it’s more to do with a lack of planning on my part, but I do believe there are some benefits with this approach. Mixing up plants makes them less susceptible to pests and disease.
I look forward to reading what Mrs Earle has to say on the matter.