Did you watch Chelsea Flower Show on the old electric fish tank? I always look for the Artisan gardens, follies and allotment type rustic gardens. One garden that really stood out for me this year was the Bronte Yorkshire garden.
I have been to Haworth many times and had a pint or ten in the Black Bull, Branwell's haunt, and visited the Bronte parsonage, church, the great chip shop and of course walked the moors to Top Withins, the said place where Emily Bronte got her muse and inspiration to write Wuthering Heights. It's one of my favourite books of all time and I once remember walking up there and a beautiful Japanese girl walked passed me on her own, reading the novel, totally oblivious to anybody. Talk of literary magic!
I read on the Interrnet the other day that there is a theory that John Lennon was the reincarnation of Branwell Bronte. They both had Liverpool connections, were surrounded by women and the both wore glasses. Honestly!
Another interesting fact about the Brontes. Patrick Bronte (their father) was originally called Brunty. However, when he moved from Ireland and went to study at Cambridge, he changed his name to Bronte. To quote Michael Caine.
"Not many people know that."
Anyway. The Bronte Yorkshire garden won gold. I think the designer and the people who built it thoroughly deserved it. I really like the millstone grit ruin. It reminds me so much of Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Lake District. Have a look at the You Tube video for the Bronte Chelsea Garden and see what you think. Going off the television presenters comments, I think the garden is about YORKSHIRE. Well he only says it SIXTEEN times! To quote Barry Norman:
"And why not?"
Here's a photograph of a exquisite purple rose in my front garden. It was taken on Friday before the rain. I have just noticed the Dock leaves!
Keeping with the rose theme. I am a classic heavy rock fan. Here's one of my favourite bands Thin Lizzy playing Black Rose. God must have some great concerts with Gary Moore and Phil Lynott in his band. The instrumental part of Black Rose is simply amazing.
Have a good week.