Nobody knows exactly what this ancient symbol means, but man, animals and, rarely, women with leaves sprouting from their faces appear as architectural motifs throughout Britain and Europe.
This was one of several trees at RHS Garden Hyde Hall decorated with modern, mask-like interpretations of a Green Man.
You could argue that Levens Hall in North West England is unusual in itself – the topiary garden you can glimpse in the background is the oldest in the world, dating back to 1694. But my focus is on the Hat Man in the foreground. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual Topiary”
At first sight the carved details seem well preserved so you may need to look carefully to notice that the winged cherubs have somehow lost their heads while guarding this magnificent tomb in Glasgow’s Victorian cemetery, the Necropolis. Continue reading “Three headless cherubs”