Herbacerous borders are fragrant and drenched with raindrops. Fragrances of exotic and unfamiliar flowers. Then the morning brightens and the sun appears, bringing forth butterflies that flutter over the border of delicate flowers about the lawns.
We explore a woodland way with exotic trees and ferns I do not know, and native butterflies I'm familiar with.
Holker Hall Gardens is a lovely day out. Comfortable to observe social-distancing easily. It is welcoming and well- prepared for the constraints of summer 2020. We had booked to come today, a timed entrance. And such extensive gardens are perfect. As a garden visit it felt the same, and not the same. A measure of the success of management to make everything feel safe and comfortable.
Austen wrote her novel Emma at Chawton, Hampshire in the early 19th century. The naturalist Gilbert White wrote The Natural History of Selborne in the late 18th century. He spent his life in Selborne and wrote and in-depth study of its natural history. Insight, in-depth study and detailed knowledge makes A History of Selborne remarkable.
Earlier this week, the naturalist John Aitcheson broadcast from his home on the west coast of Scotland. He observed that spring and summer, (with lock-down and travel-restrictions) has given him the unique opportunity to follow in detail the day to day changes that the seasons bring.
I've had a similar experience, being focused on Scout Scar. It has been, it is, a unique opportunity to engage with the wildlife of the place and the people to whom it is precious.