Thought for today - Blog Post 20/07/2020 Twilight
As July matures and drifts inexorably towards the late summer of August, a quality of light develops late in the day.
The rich, warmth of a summer dusk/twilight can be a magical thing. The angle of the sun at different times of the year create such differing effects of the light. All have merit and can be designed for. Indeed you can argue that the oldest designed spaces extant in the British Isles have this in mind. Stonehenge would be a perfect example aligned, as it is, with the light of the Summer Solstice as well as historic elements that aligned with the Winter Solstice.
Little work is undertaken in garden design to design for the effects of light, but when considered it is an incredible aesthetic design device.
Regardless of deliberate design intent, the wonderfully fiery setting sun in July and August can breathe life into plants. Their colour changed and lifted for a matter of just a few precious minutes before it wanes and sets before darkness.