It has been a positive delight to create this little 1/24th scale garden commission, which is only 9" x 4 1/2" and which will butt against the greenhouse at the back of Miss Clare's cottage. 'Miss Clare' herself was created a while ago and lives in the very pretty cottage as you can see.
Miss Clare can be seen in my Blog on 20th July 2014. Click on the pictures for a bigger version.
What has also been fun has been the two-way dialogue/discussion/gossip I've had with Shirley who commissioned the garden!!
It helped that I had read the books as well and we're both familiar with the kind of gardens that would fit with the stories.It also helped that we both felt an element of 'quirky' was a definite must.
Obviously we had to grow the vegetables and flowers mentioned in the book - although a degree of artistic has been employed, to say the least! Anyway we both enjoyed endlessly discussing where the brick path and hedge should go and whether or not we could fit in some sunflowers. The little rabbit has sneaked through a gap in the hedge and has an eye on those newly pulled carrots, while a robin and blue tit are feeding at the super bird table made by my chum Celia Thomas.
You'll need good eyesight to spot two little butterflies but I did draw the line at a 1/24th scale ladybird!
The garden has now been installed and Miss Clare seems happy - very many thanks to Shirley for sending the following pictures of it with Miss Clare and her cat Tom, and allowing me to share them with you.
It's been lots of fun to create and I hope you've enjoyed it too.
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