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Poets and writers – let alone gardeners! – have tried for centuries to describe their perfect garden.  It isn’t easy, but at least they’ve tried, and in the process created some wonderful, lyrical work.  Not so some would-be arbiters of taste, whose idea of the perfect garden seems to be gravel, more gravel, astro-turf and a few annual plants.

The above photos are both of a pathway at the front of our house.  When we moved here it was just paving stones, completely bare.  Nature, left to Her own devices, had other ideas and this is the result.

Yet some people still suggest I should ‘Cut it all back.’  Makes you wonder why they’re so scared of Nature, doesn’t it?