Quite Contrary


Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row.

The dainty plants that are “all in a row” in front of the main tree brought the quoted nursery rhyme to my mind and so gave the picture its title. This tree is on the bank surrounding the upper car park at Danebury Hill (between Andover and Stockbridge in Hampshire, England). The hill is the site of a large and magificent prehistoric hillfort, but I rather suspect that these earthworks are more recent.

12″ x 16″, ink on kaolin-coated board