Vita Sackville-West in her Garden Book talks of how and where to place individual plants in the garden. She tells how she spent hours holding up various coloured flowers in various places to see if they fitted into the herbaceous plan, put them there and then, next year, found that they had seeded into different places and looked much better. A violet had seeded into a flight of steps and had flowered elegantly -purple against the grey stonework. I can see what she means - often where flowers choose their own spot they do it with the utmost elegance.
Today Tess and I went over to The Lakes to meet a friend for lunch. We packed a picnic and left home early on a bright, sunny morning so that we could stop and walk up to have a look at Cotter Force (Force being the Yorkshire word for a waterfall). I knew that the wild flowers would all be out on the sides of the path - and there is such a variety. We were not disappointed. The sun was shining and there was not a soul about. A pair of wagtails flitted about in the water, a few rabbits hopped about in the field, and the wild flowers were splendid.
But what struck me most is where the wild flowers had chosen to grow. I have chosen three of them to show you and I think you will agree that each has grown in such a suitable place for my photographs! So thank you campion and foxgloves - taking your photographs meant absolutely no time at all in thinking about the composition.