Bird Baths and Bird Feeders
Birding in the Water Garden. Click here to see all the Bird Baths.
Anglo-Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest
Anglo-Saxons felt incredible changes to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But yet there was no time for home life, domestic design, and decoration until the Normans had overcome the whole realm. Because of this, castles were cruder structures than monasteries: Monasteries were often important stone buildings set in the biggest and most fecund valleys, while castles were constructed on windy crests where their inhabitants devoted time and space to projects for offense and defense. The serene practice of gardening was unrealistic in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle is perhaps the most complete model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A massive terrace serves as a discouraging factor to intruders who would try to mine the walls of the building. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and bordered by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.
Water attracts birds, and there are fewer things more precious than watching birds splash in the garden birdbath. Click here to see the entire collection of birdbaths and feeders.