At the approach to the picturesque village of Glenarm lie some derelict buildings – namely, an old pottery and what looks to have been a showroom of some kind. Situated next to the marina, they are, I guess, prime real estate and would make the perfect venue for a restaurant or a small hotel even. Yet, so far, they remain undeveloped and amidst the pretty and perfectly tidy floral displays that greet you as you enter the village, these old buildings have become an unruly haven for wildflowers (or weeds, depending on your point of view !).
Admittedly, not everyone might appreciate the space, but a short wander through reveals a beauty that is not immediately obvious.
I think this white flower is Queen Anne’s lace, not sure about the pink one ?
Buddleia which seems to grow just about anywhere !
One of my favourites – rosebay willowherb
And as we become more and more aware of the state of our climate, it got me thinking that we need to embrace, indeed encourage these spaces more, to allow nature space and time to reclaim what was taken away. This presents a challenge no doubt for councils, town planners and developers and to our own ideas of what makes an attractive space.
What’s your take on this ? I would love to hear what you think on this subject so feel free to leave a comment below.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photographs. If photography has taught me anything, it’s that there is beauty to be found everywhere. You just need to stop for a second and observe it.
Have a lovely Sunday x
Nature’s own flat lay