Peace, quiet, birdsong, this is a great garden year!
I am finally back into my garden! I did not realize how much I missed it. I spent the last years distracted by various life events and for a time ignored my own needs and passions. Learned some valuable life lessons and returned to my roots, my tribe.
Design of pot attributed to Gertrude Jekyll
Thanks to a very mild winter, my garden this year has been sensational. EVERYTHING bloomed profusely.
Right now I am enjoying the blooms of Hydrangeas I have not seen (in my garden) for years.
It is, however, not just about what is blooming. A ‘Garden’ must have structure and a narrative. Without these organizing principles, one simply has a collection of plants or chaos.
In my design lectures I talk about the 2 points of view on what makes a garden. One is that a garden is where one puts plants, and the other, to which I adhere, is that plants are used to create the garden.
The first is a ‘yard’. A garden is a refuge, an ongoing work of art to be honed and nurtured.
Below, a plant collector’s garden held together by it’s structure. (another post to follow about this garden & the gardener)
What are your thoughts? What is more satisfying a yard or a garden?
photos of my garden, taken with cell phone. Ozzie’s wonderful garden with a real camera!