Sunday, 13 February 2011

The Georgian Garden

Here is another finish.  "The Georgian Garden" by the Textile Heritage Collection.  The photograph does not do it justice. This was a birthday present from my husband some time ago.  I think he will be pleased to see something he chose for me to stitch, actually done.

The Georgian Garden
In Georgian times the naturalistic garden became popular with wide lawns, trees, lakes, temples and bridges.  While this fashion could be given full scope in the grounds of a stately home, for the most modest garden weeping willows and planted tubs with citrus trees were an alternative.  Although in such gardens the peacock was a decorative, if noisy, addition, in earlier religious embroidery it was a symbol of the resurrection, due to the annual renewal of its gorgeous plumage.  The delicate pinks and blues of this design are particularly evocative of the Georgian era and the work of the architect and designer Robert Adam (1728-92).  His Temple of Victory in the gardens of Audley End House in Essex inspired the central feature of this kit.  The magnificent eighteenth century landscape park at Audley End was devised by 'Capability' Brown.  For further information about Audley End House and Gardens, which are now in the care of English Heritgae, and open to the public just click here.  [This information was taken from the kit.]

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Yesterday started out a bit dull, but we were promised some nice weather, or though a bit cold.  I went out with some friends into the countryside and visited the Ladybower Reservoir in the Derwent Valley.  Here are some pictures that I took.

Greylag Goose
Reflection in the water of trees

Bracket fungi

Views of the surrounding countryside at Ladybower in the Upper Derwent Valley.

Happy Stitching 


Ruth said...

Beautiful kit Maryjoan and I loved the history behind it.
The park looks like a beautiful secenic place.

Astrid's dragon said...

Love the garden, it reminds me of a place my then boyfriend/now husband took me in Georgia. Your pictures are great too!