‘After Chevy Chase’ (The Battle of Otterburn, 1388)
by Herbert Thomas Dicksee

Date painted: 1894
Oil on canvas, 172.5 x 241.5 cm
Collection: National Trust


In our backyard, which is a sprawling field bisected by a shelter belt, are gardens. The soil is rich, so tending the beans, tomatoes, and leaks requires little effort. Fending off the surrounding vegetation is another matter. It pushes against the wire fencing, and more often than not, finds a way to sprout in and amongst the rows. The garden looks unkempt, but it feels all the more inviting in its disarray.