Gardens in ruins

Many are romantics at heart. Gardens are often seen as places of escape and for romantics escaping to a remote forgotten place can be a vivid dream. 

Great gardens have been built around or alongside ruins such as Ninfa in Italy, Chanticleer in Pennsylvania and Nymans in Sussex. 

Such gardens allow old ruined buildings to give structure to the space but moreover bring imagined stories to the place, the people who have been here before and how their presence has passed, or has it remained? 

In the accompanying image we see a ruined greenhouse replete with heating pipes in a quiet corner of South West Scotland. Set within a walled garden the structure has been planted with ferns and hardy fuschias and arrests you when stumbled upon.

You can imagine gardeners past standing between the staging working on seedlings as the year gains momentum.