Worsbrough Cemetery May 2017
|Take care of the weeds and the plants will take care of themselves|
Normally when I arrive for my monthly stint at Worsbrough cemetery my spirits are uplifted by this beautiful place. Sometimes they plunge to the ground when I hear the comment above - or something similar. “What a shame” is a common variation.
The people of Barnsley are lovely kind generous folk but compliments are not on their agenda and most don’t really care for natural gardening.
On my visit this May I was feeling nostalgic. It is a time of the year when the cemetery looks particularly lovely. My thoughts went ahead to the question as to whether it will it be ever the same?
I Informed the cemetery guardians six months ago that 2017 would be my final year. I started C1995 and have returned every single month doing my best to contain it. Three acres or so of cemetery is no mean task. I have enjoyed every minute and my efforts have been rewarded. It is by no means pristine - that is not possible without considerable labour.
It is a long drive to Barnsley and now I have passed three quarters of a century the dream has subsided. I do hope others can take on the mantle.
|Clothed with garden plants|
|The valerian was very popular at Chelsea four years ago|
|I like to cover the ground with self sown vegetation.|
These are not weeds
|The birch were self sown too|
|The only Euphorbia stigiana in Barnsley thrives here in the shade|
|With little help from me the poached egg plant which is annual returns every year and keeps the ground weed free|
|The hellebores were already in flower in January|
|It's a good time to see the aquilegias|
|Frothy heucherella remains a compact clump and sisyrinchium spreads by seed|
|Pink panther prowls|
|The grass paths are cut by a contractor|
|It might look overgrown but it is better than the original six foot high brambles|
|Heavy herbaceous tops might get cut back in Winter but not these|
|Looking back to the cemetery gate|
|I have not shown you the older and wilder lower half of the cemetery today|