The photograph shows a silhouetted John Rudd in the garden at Aberglasney in Carmarthenshire. However, the person that I particularly associate with this secret 'garden lost in time' is the poet, John Dyer. Wordsworth admired Dyer, and wrote a sonnet addressed to him, which begins 'Bard of the Fleece'.
Daffodils have been out in the garden since early December: I wonder what Wordsworth would think of that. A firecrest caused great excitement when it was spotted before Christmas.
I have a number of favourite Aberglasney and John Dyer books: I have listed a selection of them below.
- A Garden Lost in Time by Penny David (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999)
- Nine Green Gardens by Gillian Clarke (Gomer, 2000)
- Grongar Hill & Other Poems by John Dyer (The Grongar Press)
- The Fleece by John Dyer (The Cyder Press, 2007)
- Writers of Wales: John Dyer by Belinda Humfrey (University of Wales Press, 1980)
- The Poems of John Dyer edited by Edward Thomas (Llanerch Enterprises, 1999)
- Selected Poetry and Prose by John Dyer (Trent Editions, 2000)