Further to my “Garden commission Post ” last month, I installed the Crown Imperial Lily (Fritillaria imperialis) Pod sculpture in the lovely garden of the painter Philippa Bayliss yesterday. Like the time I first visited her garden, it was a beautiful sunny day for installing the work. Her garden is on the Carlow Garden Trail and her garden is listed as The Meadows (description below from Carlow Co. Council booklet)
The Meadows is positioned in a small estate in Myshall village with views extending to the Wicklow Mountains, the Carlow Ridge and Mount Leinster. The plot at No. 7 is about a third of an acre and slopes steeply into the hillside with the back shaded by sycamores.
Since developing a deep love of plants as a child, the garden has been integral to owner, Philippa Bayliss’s work as a painter. The concept for this garden came from a garden in Gravesend on a wind swept pebble beach, the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries, Persian miniatures, Chinese landscape scrolls and Capability Brown’s integration of garden and landscape. Gravel over myplex is used as a foundation and the large granite boulders have been sourced from a local farmer. In front of the house there are plantings of pampas grass, miscanthus, dwarf and prostrate conifers, orange fennel, watsonia, kniphofia, fox gloves, heathers and catmint. The back garden, which contains Philippa’s summer studio, is planted with an informal hedge of shrub roses and some interesting trees interspersed with mostly herbaceous plants, set into gravel. This area has been designed with low maintenance in mind, needing no mechanical tools and only intermittent hard work to keep it in order. A visit to The Meadows demonstrates what can be achieved with a small budget and limited time, and will certainly inspire others in a similar situation to create something of beauty.
The carving process
Yesterday, I pinned the lily pod sculpture to a previously selected granite boulder in Philippa’s garden. Her dog seemed very impressed. Thanks to Cathy for taking the photos.