Today has been a grey, miserable day, mostly rain, yet still very muggy. And it's been an irritable, restless sort of a day: our car's broke down (the back axle snapped, fortunately not whilst driving!) so all plans have been cancelled, everything's up in the air, and it's one of those days trying to sort things out and being thwarted left and right. So I thought I'd treat myself to some lost time - one thing I find fun (and rarely get the chance to do) is look up random books on Internet Archive as I do love beautiful book covers and illustrations, and it's fun to go down a hole and stay down there looking at all the old images for a while. As I did I came across Roses for English Gardens by Gertrude Jekyll and Edward Mawley from 1902. To be clear: I haven't read this book but I was very struck by the photography in it. Honestly, I suppose I found the pictures quite moving: roses are so beautiful and timeless, yet the black and white, the quality, the dress of the women in it was so very turn of the century; they're snapshots of a moment in a period long gone, and with all the unpleasantness in the world right now it's nice to dream and feel nostalgic and enjoy pictures from a bygone era. As I enjoyed the images so much I thought I'd share them, they're credited to a Miss Willmott, and I assume this is Ellen Willmott the very famous horticulturist who lived in Warley Place at Great Warley, Essex.
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did 🌹