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Gardens Illustrated|September 2017

Nothing beats the romance of a beautiful meadow, as countless poets, scriptwriters and even chocolate manufacturers will testify. But it’s notoriously difficult to create one yourself.

James Alexander-Sinclair

Everybody loves the romantic idea of a meadow – running freely through long grasses and waving cornfield flora, possibly wearing a loose shift of broderie anglaise, before throwing yourself down in a field and chewing on a grassy stem while watching grasshoppers hop and crickets chirp. Perhaps in the distance you can see the weary (though ruggedly handsome) farmhand plodding home with scythe on shoulder and empty cider flaggon bumping against his mole skinned hip. Sounds marvellous, doesn’t it? However, it is no simple matter to recreate a meadow – it’s a bit like an episode of Game of Thrones. There will be death, love, storms, betrayal, disappointment, triumph, surprise, accidents, reunions and a great deal of sex.

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