Signs of Spring in the Lost Words garden

Spring bulbs in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

The Lost Words Garden is a newly designed and created garden at our Gosling Sike centre near Carlisle. It's a wildlife garden whose creator took inspiration from 'The Lost Words: A Spell Book' by authors Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris.

The book began as a response to the removal of everyday nature words - among them 'acorn', 'bluebell', 'kingfisher' and 'wren' - from a widely used children’s dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion. Some of the spell songs are incorporated into the garden.

The Lost Words garden is coming alive after winter dormancy. Spring bulbs are blooming, blossom it bobbing in the breeze and visitors are making themselves known. This blog highlights the flowers and animals in the garden now. 

Daffodils at the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn (3)

Daffodils at the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Crocus at the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn (2)

Crocus at the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Blackthorn blossom in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Blackthorn blossom in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Frog spawn in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn (2)

Frog spawn in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Frog spawn in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Frog spawn in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Gorse in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Gorse in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Long-horn cow and calf on Susans Farm

Long-horn cow and calf on Susan's Farm

Marsh marigold in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Marsh marigold in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Primroses at the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn (2)

Primroses at the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Primula in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Primula in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Primulas in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Primulas in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Robin in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn

Robin in the Lost Words Garden @ Jess Cowburn