Monday, January 20, 2014

Simple Manipulations: How Many Do You See?

Do you see the manipulations, below?

Seating to create a gathering spot, figs for summer shade/winter sun over the benches, drystack stone wall cut into a slight slope forcing foot traffic into defined directions, formal boxwood framing pastoral views, tapering stone wall allowing only small machinery into the pasture from this direction, gravel terrace ready for men-trucks-heavy equipment, horses, or a catered soiree for 100.
And, of course, it must all look a century old, be easy to maintain, and provide interest 24/7.
When something appears simple, it rarely is.  Same is true of people.
Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
Pic at a jobsite last week.
Do you know the maximum pollinator habitat, above?  Seriously, can you verbalize what creates the best pollinator habitat above?  Answer at bottom.
Being simple requires each of the decades I've been learning about gardens.  Better, being simple in a garden, takes me where Joseph Campbell says our eternity is.  Ironic, in this American life/era, to have found my bliss in work.
  1. Joseph Campbell - Wikiquote
    Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own .... And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.
  2. More, being simple connects me to the message/life work of Wendell Berry & E.M. Forster.  
  3. Wendell Berry Earns Highest Humanities Award, Lectures on ...
    Apr 24, 2012 - On Monday evening, Wendell Berry delivered the 41st annual ... The title hinges on E.M. Forster's 1910 novel Howards End, which Berry said, ...
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  5.  If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
    Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
    Garden books by Tara Dillard, Amazon.
  6. Answer to question, above,  High density/low density, open meadow/dense woodland.


Barbara said...

You used to be fun & interesting. Now, your haughty and condesending to your readers. Does fame do that to people?

Anonymous said...

Good lesson and Joseph Campbell quote. Thanks!

Tara Dillard said...

Follow your bliss, was a humorous concept when I first heard it. Then, with age I realize it's a necessity to survival ! Go, Joseph Campbell......

Barbara, great example of the cliche, hurt people hurt people.

Me? I plod forward making gardens, happily making a living. 3 decades without wavering.

Of course my dad said I was 'dumb', & going to be a bag lady & not using my education, without saying I was a great embarrassment to him. 30 years of that, till his death, was indeed a burden to my heart.