“I know a little garden close, set thick with lily and red rose, where I would wander if I might, from dewy dawn to dewy night. and have one with me wandering.”- The Life and Death of Jason by William Morris
When I visited the Cotswolds this summer I went a bit flower crazy; it is clear to see why William Morris was so inspired by the natural beauty of the area. Morris rented Kelmscott Manor with Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti back in 1871 and fell in love with the surroundings so much that he based his work around it.
I unfortunately did not get to visit Kelmscott Manor but did get to see some of Morris’ work at a small exhibition at Broadway Tower. We also visited the stunning Rose Gardens at Blenheim Palace and Warick Castle. As the seasons were changing and the weather was less than desirable the juxtaposition between life and death in the natural world was very prominent, my husband called me morbid for loving this but it really was striking to see. I think my kids have now seen enough roses to last them a life time, but if like me you love nature then there is a flower heavy post with your name on it just below.