“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all” – Stanley Horowitz
Walking down Kynance Mews today, the iconic red vines on the Entrance Archway are just barren dried branches now. Fortunately, further down the west end of Kynance Mews, a small four seasons garden is still blooming away. I particularly love the colour palette of deep purple, blues and reds against the backdrop of a neutral brick wall. They somehow prolong the beauty of autumn for even longer with these sophisticated earthy hues.
Autumn and Winter used to be my least favourite seasons of the year. The sight of lush green leaves drying up, barren tree branches everywhere just depress me. I come from a country of an eternal sunshine after all. I don’t like the cold, nor the sign of death every time I look up at the sky. With every passing year, though, I come to appreciate autumn more and more. Perhaps it’s because I am getting older, become wiser with more life experience. Recently, I start to think that there is something mystical and beautiful when the leaves turn fiery red or golden brown, even though it is a sign that the end of their life cycle is approaching. It is a reminder that death is part of life. There is an end to every beginning. What’s most important is that we do our best even at the end. Just like what William Cullen Bryant once said, “Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
It was so therapeutic to look at all these rare flowers, that I ended up sitting on the bench opposite this garden until dusk! Imagine how wonderful it would be to sit here with a good book on a warm Summer day. This place is definitely on my list to revisit next year in Spring & Summer time.
A picture speaks a thousand words, so here is a series of photographs of some Autumn Blooms in the Four Seasons Garden on Kynance Mews for you to enjoy.