Thursday, June 18, 2020

Creaturely Comfort: Pot Tables

     "A starting point for me in thinking about ourselves as creatures is the observation of Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, that now the art of being creatures is almost a lost art.  And I think that notion that we need to learn, we need to be skilled, we need to be wise, in order to be the creatures that, in fact, we are, that we think of creatures as anyone who's not human."  Ellen Davis.
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The custom of pots on tables has pleased humans for centuries.  It will please you.  Your Pot Table will be unique to all the world, from the beginning of time.  Literally.  As will be your creaturely pleasure.
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Pic, above, here.
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There is a nonlinear way to learn Garden Design, unique to each of us.
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Pic, above, here.
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Dry land was created but only planted on the 5th day. Once bare land was planted, then came blessing.  Perhaps that is the joy of your own Potted Table, it's an alter of thanks, beauty, delight.
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Pic, above, here.
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Hunting & Gathering for your Pot Table, siting, assembling, thinking thru the watering.
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"To be fundamentally more invested in finding nourishment rather than identifying poison."
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Pic, above, here.
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It is these small things you choose to surround yourself with, becoming totems of your core self.  Establishing your Pot Table, in the doing you'll know it's not the Pot Table, it's you.
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You are the artist of your life.  No matter the world.
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"This is precisely the time when artists go to work.  There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.  We speak, we write, we do language.  That is how civilizations heal.  I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and thought it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.  Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge --- even wisdom."  Toni Morrison.
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Pic, above, here.
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 Entirely separate, is an inside Pot Table.
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Bringing the sacred inside, their sermon of grace.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO T
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If you've never had a Pot Table outside, or inside.  You will not understand, until you have your own.  Promise, it will be there for you too.  Created by you, a harbinger of grace.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

How to Site Urns on Stone Walls & Simplicity of Garden Design

Stone Wall & Finials.
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What will you use?  As a finial?
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 Sculptural trees
Pic, above, here.
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Dominique Decoratrice: outdoor shower
Pic, above, here.
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Image may contain: plant, tree, house, grass and outdoor
Pic, above, in my garden last weekend.
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Sited at end of stone retaining wall, above.  In case you were wondering how I chose 'exactly' where to site the urn.  Siting, in addition, for top of the urn to be 100% level.   
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Notice what's special about the urn?
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Subtle color, and no planting needed.  It's cast stone, and will be someone's delight at my estate sale.  Remember: When Choosing a Focal Point it Must Be So Wonderful it Will Be Fought Over at Your Estate Sale.
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Something else is beyond special about this garden, above. 
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If you want to be regenerative, which is far superior to sustainable, you must know the key ingredient to the garden, above.
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Tara Turf.  No lawn.  Total low meadow with clovers, violet, dandelion, pink sorrel and what the wind blows in.
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In addition, the shrub, above, is the native Buckeye.  It will get 10' tall x 12 ' wide, sun/shade, moist or not. 
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Gardening became so easy when I got out of the way.  When I listened.  When I copied Providence, and centuries of European landscapes studied across Europe.
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Stone Walls & Urns.................made for each other.
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Garden Design Question.  How much can you take away from a Garden Design and it holds together?
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It's the last question I ask myself when designing. 
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Do you dare be this simple, above?
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Why be this simple?  I want my garden to give beauty & joy for aging into my 80's, causing no stress, only grace.
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My style of gardening is not popular with Garden Design/Build Firms.  Can you see why?  Their staff is gauged successful by the quantities of plants, lawn, mulch, stone, irrigation installed, gaining the yearly maintenance contract for mowing, annuals, pruning, chemicals, fertilizers.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO T

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Garden Design Conservationist: The Ultimate Guide


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The Ultimate Guide to becoming a Garden Design Conservationist is simple and short.
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The template never ceased in many countries.
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With plantings, below, at the curb, car toxins-lights-sounds are mitigated.  You get a bit more privacy, yet can see into the woodland across the road, without seeing cars.  In effect, owning your view, enlarging your garden.  Win/win.
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Lawn, behind the hedging, is a low meadow.  A mix of wildflowers, herbs, grasses, bulbs, what the wind blows in, Tara Turf.  Canopy trees, and understory trees at pockets.

Three weeks in the country... - Ben Pentreath Inspiration
Pic, above, here.
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Going into the garden, above, create your sacred environment within.  This painting, below, ca. 1912.
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(1) A Painting A Day (@APainting_ADay) / Twitter
Pic, above, here.
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Canopy trees, above, understory trees, tall shrubs, low shrubs, low meadow, seating, a small formation creating maximum pollinator habitat.  Choose to be in balance with your garden, it will gift you balance in your life.
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Habitually Chic® » Easter at Chateau de Wideville
Pic, above, here.
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A new allee, above, and maximum pollinator habitat.  Add a bench/s, perhaps a narrow harvest table, above.  Perfect Garden Design Conservationist design, above, for a private home or the front of a subdivision.
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André Kertész  Versailles (Rows of Trees, Fountain)
Pic, above, here.
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Versailles, above.  Wildwood, path, and formal fountain.  Sacred space, Man & Nature.  This isn't just for Versailles, it's for you.  Use native trees, no worries if you've space for only 2, and a large pot with water and simple jet of water.  Boom.  Versailles sacred space made to your custom needs, yet the flow, transcendence and filling of your spirit, immeasureable.
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Outside my office window, above, yesterday, late afternoon.  Sacred.
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Conservationist ideas in Garden Design are this easy.  Trees, Meadow, Natives.  This trinity doesn't need chemicals or fertilizers.
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Garden & Be Well,  XOT
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If we do not create and control our environment, our environment creates and controls us.” — Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts — Becoming the Person You Want to Be
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Gardening is a rare luxury of choice no matter the bank account.
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 Cal Newport explains in his book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World:
“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
“Deep work” is work you do in a cultivated environment designed for flow. Deep work is purpose-driven. It’s not distracted. It doesn’t happen by accident."
Your garden, whether looking at it from inside your home, or outside within its embrace, shares flow and transcendence, if you choose to imbibe.
“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” — Viktor Frankl
“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” — Viktor Frankl
.“I’m pretty oblivious to a lot of things intentionally. I don’t want to be influenced that much.” — Jason Fried, the founder of Basecamp
“Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future.” — Zig Ziglar
Choose for your garden, what you want for it, Earth and your soul.  Staying in the zone, the flow, seeking epiphany and transcendence, they're there for you, in your garden.  More places, but "I'm pretty oblivious to a lot of things intentionally''.
"What did the tree learn from the earth to be able to talk with the sky?"  Pablo Neruda, tr. by William O'Daly.
Multiplied across generations and continents, we have derivative cultures with Nature Blindness for lack of creating healthy Garden Designs for Earth, self, soul, community.
If you're just beginning your Garden, go inside your home, and looking out the windows to site focal points, then go outside,  design and install in this order:
1. Trees
2. Meadow
3. Bushes
4. Focal Points (Pieces so wonderful they will be fought over at your estate sale.)
5. Groundcovers
Use as many natives as possible.  Use your County Extension Service for plant advice, they're providing best information, not trying to sell you anything.


Conservation Garden Design Equation (Use Natives/Neo-Natives or as many as possible):
Trees + Meadow + Bushes + Focal Points + Groundcovers = A Conservationist Garden Design
Conservation Garden Design Equation (Natives):
Trees + Meadow + Bushes + Focal Points + Groundcovers = A Conservation Garden Design