Tag Archives: Bench

Friday Bench: Rosa ‘The Fairy’

Rosa ‘The Fairy’ has gone a bit bonkers this year. She’s in a pot, goodness knows what she’d do if she was in the ground!

It means the bench is out of bounds for a while whilst she sprawls about and makes herself comfortable.

Update: I’ve always been a bit uneasy about a rose which has 3 different colourways on offer in the catalogue. According to the RHS, the pink version is ‘The Fairy’ and I see the online offerings now show this as ‘Red Fairy’. Looking at my rose and their photos, I think I may have a case of Rosa mislabelledanthicus!

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Friday Bench: At Barnsley House

It’s some years since I visited Barnsley House and this week saw me return not once, but twice. Here we are in Rosemary Verey’s iconic potager where this foliage surrounded bench caught my eye. It’s a relaxing spot to take in the surroundings.

 

Friday Bench: Along the median strip

I first came across this bench when Diana shared photos of it sometime last year. I loved its redness amongst the soft wispy grass, and I never dreamt I’d get to see it for real.

Fast forward to this year’s Garden Bloggers Fling in Austin, Texas and there it was waiting for discovery on  Saturday morning. We were visiting Colleen Jamison’s garden – which was gorgeous – but it’s what she’s done with the median strip outside her house which merits attention on this particular blog.

Not only is there the sassy red bench, there are plenty more, with most of them primped with inviting bright cushions. I was concerned about theft, and Colleen assured me there has been very little since she’s  tended this strip of land.

It’s now Colleen’s favourite area, because “people seem to really enjoy it!” She also describes it as the most challenging part she has to garden because “the space had terrible soil, no irrigation, and was covered by weeds and browsed nightly by deer. I wanted to see if I could garden successfully in the worst of the worst conditions.” … “Little by little, a garden emerged.”

It’s a triumph. At the end of our visit it was fitting we Flingers chose this inviting area to gather and chat whilst we awaited the return of our tour bus.

Friday Bench: With cowslips

An unexpected continuance of last week’s bench with spring wild flowers theme. I’ve been meaning for ages to photograph the restored ex bench in the Donkey Field nearby.

A walk back from town in the spring sunshine last week provided the ideal opportunity… and the discovery of a flash of butter yellow cowslips to brighten my view.

Looking at the previous photo, it’s interesting to see how the bench’s surroundings have changed. When it was an ex bench there was lush growth around it. Today’s bare ground and a stray pop bottle suggests it’s well used.

It’s that usage which probably allowed the cowslips to re-emerge or take hold for the first time. Around here they thrive and provide delight where the grass is kept relatively short.

Friday Bench: In the news

It’s not often that a bench hits the international headlines. Even less so when it appears to be at the centre of a spy drama. The fact that it’s such an ordinary bench and around 40 miles from me means it just had to feature as a Friday Bench.

There’s no photo as they’re copyright, so you’ll need to take the link.

Friday Bench: Spun

We embark on a series of guest benches courtesy of Barbara and her recent trip to South Africa. Thanks for adding a new country to Sign of the Times, Barbara!

Zeitz MOCAA opened in September 2017 and the contemporary re-design of the original waterfront grain silos was by Thomas Heatherwick; he of the new London bus and 2012 Olympic flame fame.

Heatherwick Studios also designed today’s featured seats. They’re called ‘Spun‘.