Humourous garden backdrop


Many gardens lack a view, vista or focal point. It is possible to create a central internal focus but if larger spaces are left relatively uncluttered and open you invariably continue to look toward the boundaries of the garden space. 

Here we see a garden made by Penelope Hobhouse for the Queen Mother at Walmer Castle. The view is taken from a rendered and roofed pergola across a long pond often occupied by ducks. We look toward what is now evidently a crenellated castle shaped over a long period from yew. 

Situated atop a mound presumably made with spoil from the pond and other garden excavations it is only after time that the garden now has the backdrop it was previously missing. This backdrop is provided with great witticism as it faces back toward the similarly crenellated Tudor fortress.