Thanks to the encouragement of some of you, I have been scanning like a maniac so I can dump slides that will never be of any use. It is like a stroll down memory lane, looking at slides I took in previous lives. One of these was a very happy time when I was in charge of Myddelton House, the former home of the famous amateur horticulturist E A Bowles. The restoration, at the time, was a rather amateur affair too and I am glad to say that the whole place is more professionally run now. But it was a good time, getting the process started.
The name of EAB may not be familiar to you but I am sure you will have heard of, or even grown, ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ wallflower, even though I had it on good authority that he never grew it. But there are lots of other plants that he gave to gardens. The best know images of him are the one above and the one below, in the garden with his two-pronged fork.
And here is is with his gardener Mr Howard in the rock garden.
He was always getting into trouble for gardening in his best clothes.
And he likes to spend early summer in the Alps (here second from right).
And as a student at Cambridge he spent a lot of time bug collecting in the Fens.
And he got very excited at the delivery of a package of new plants.
I don’t think he is in this photo – it is of the cricket team, on the grass at the back of the house.