As we’ve all experienced, “life happens” — which also relates to a garden. Storms roar in and decimate an elegant knot border. Or a new home owner isn’t quite as keen about pruning the tall, cloud formation boxwood hedge as the original owner and the hedge is removed..
Or the divinely singular playhouse is moved offsite to a new home.
Or the maintenance of a too tall beech hedge becomes onerous, allowing the owner to install a long-considered new design for this garden crescent.
In other cases, an avid gardener chooses to re-think a new garden in place of the original.
Whatever the case, these are the times that make me especially thankful that my two books, Living Newport and Private Newport, documented what is no longer — and why we can say, “Gone, but not Forgotten.”
While it would be difficult to capture the original charm of this gardener’s potting area nestled into the corner of her clapboard home, this image can still provide inspiration galore.