The complete Bowles
I apologise for repeating some of these images but since February has been all about getting the images sorted for the talk I did last weekend I thought I would end the month with a montage of photos of E A Bowles. I cannot convey the importance, to me, of my time restoring his garden at Bulls Cross, Enfield and it should not be taken for granted what he did for horticulture in the first half of the 20th Century. He was the epitome of the gentleman amateur gardener and was great friends with many of the most important gardeners of the time, including Reginald Farrer and Ellen Willmott. When I have access to my books again I will add one more post on this subject, but for now here is a random selection of images, some rarely seen, of the life and times of E A Bowles.
See if you can spot him in these:
And others at various ages
I hope these give an insight into the character of this remarkable man, known most famously for his knowledge of gardening. But he must have been fun to know too.
Yes,he would have been a rare friend.His voice comes through in his books,we are lucky he wrote them.
We are. It is so nice to have so much colourful prose