Great Lawn

The perfect Medieval flowery mead.

I want to rip up our boring lawn and replace it with a flowery mead, the carpet of tiny flowers you find in Medieval paintings and 15th century tapestries. The smallest blooms—birdsfoot trefoil, thyme, hawkbits, ladies’ bedstraw, self-heal, cowslip, viola, violets, periwinkle, lily of the valley and columbine—were just some of the millefleurs that made up these idealized meadows. And the cultivated spot made the perfect setting for a turf seat, a bench covered with the softest grass.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Unicorn in Captivity” gives a good example of what I’m going for. (This tapestry also inspired the Encyclopedia‘s entry on unicorns.)

The Unicorn in Captivity, at the Met Museum's Cloisters.