Lots of work going on at Rivington Pike today, around the remains of Lord Leverhulme’s gardens. A great deal of vegetation has been removed, exposing the stonework of the lost structures. Top left picture is the ‘bungalow’ or ‘ballroom’ site, where just a few weeks ago a young birch woodland was finding a footing, amongst wild plants and garden escapes of all kinds.
Arley Hall gardens are a fabulous place to visit. This weekend I noticed this plant pairing, which has of course occurred by chance, not design. The foxglove is growing entirely on the crown of the male fern, as the fern fronds unfurl above. It will look even better in a few weeks.
Hmm, I wonder which way the prevailing wind blows? I took this photo back in February. Its a good example of how any plant is an expression of not just its DNA, but of the landscape it is in. I’ve never seen Populus nigra taking this form before.