Views and walks are so important in a garden and here I have used May trees with their marvellous blossom to line the view between the mound and the pond, directing the eye to a distant point. Sadly May trees are out of favour today but judge for yourself in the picture 1 below. As the trees fade in June, the mixed border running along side the walk takes over and if you get tired there are seats opposite to rest and admire. Symmetry in a garden can be a comfort but too much can be boring. I have always tried to keep the interest going with quirky features and oblique views. In this part of the garden, for example, running behind a highnlaurel hedge, is a shady walk hidden away to be found on a hot day with relief, see below. On the other side I created a "Harry Potter" style covered bridge as a stortcut through the old wall to the pond garden and orchard.
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