It’s always tempting when the seed catalogues drop through the letter box on the darkest of winters days, to get a bit carried away by the promise of summer, and spend a lot of money. (Sarah Raven’s catalogue is particularly seductive)
It’s even harder this year with the memory of New Zealand’s summer flowers still fresh and fragrant in my mind.
However, no mater how much restraint I show, yellow and orange geums will be on the list These beauties were in Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Which felt very familiar, very British (only sunnier) similar to Buxton’s Pavillion Gardens, in Derbyshire.
The gardens are home to The Peacock Fountain which was made at Coalbrookedale Foundry in Shropshire, England; this blog has explored the Coalbrookedale Museum of Iron in a previous post, and its easy to see this fountains linage.
Built in 1911it’s not always been universally popular, its quite ornate…
Erected by the Christchurch Beautifying Association from funds bequeathed by the late Hon. J. T. Peacock
I think we can safely say it has been beautified, however one writer told the press of the time
‘it exhibited no more taste than the gaudy decoration used by travelling showmen to embellish their merry go-rounds.’
Which I feel is a little harsh. Now back to the seed catalogue, which of the Geums will it be? And do they come with added butterfly?