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Spring Garden Patrol, Eynsham

Spring Garden Patrol, Eynsham

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An A2 sized signed poster print of cats on a wall and springtime gardens

Spring Garden Patrol is a painting of the beautiful cottage gardens of Elms Terrace, Queens Lane, Eynsham. The terrace of mellow yellow Oxfordshire stone cottages were probably built in the 17th century (though I'm struggling to find the exact date).

Taking the cats for a walk

A path runs alongside the boundary wall at the back of the gardens. My cats Officer Dibble (the tortoiseshell) and Skipper (the ginger tabby) like to accompany me part of the way on my morning walks around the village, and they wait on this ancient wall, which is the outer limit of their territory, for my return. It's really very sweet! The girls take their patrolling duties very seriously - keeping a lookout for the many birds that inhabit the leafy centre of the village - goldfinches, blue tits and long tailed tits - and for any naughty dogs.

The gardens

The gardens of Elms Terrace are utterly charming at any time of year, but in the spring they are at their very best - a tangle of blossoming fruit trees and native spring wildflowers including primroses, hyacinths, dog roses, honeysuckle and foxgloves. In mid-Spring, the tulips and japonica splash the scene with red and magenta. What I really love about the gardens here is that they are not manicured or formal in any way - the residents of the cottages put plants in and let them go. And when native species come along - like the primroses in the lawns - they just let them be. I love that.

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