Monday, January 30, 2017

Tara Template: The Potted Grid

The potted grid, below, created centuries ago.  We have the good fortune of drip irrigation.
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A statement piece, easy, big impact, little input.
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Melds historically, and modern.
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No matter your Potted Grid, it will be unique.

Last year after we featured UK textile designer Neisha Crosland’s winter garden, a reader wrote in and asked to see the garden in every season. Always eager to please, we waited patiently and sat out the longest British winter since 1979.:

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Pics, above, here.
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Decades, I had a belief about copying gardens.  Only a failure would copy a garden.  My ideas are better & new, (quite a precious trite youth, bless her for getting me here).  Garden Design is COUNTER INTUITIVE.  A copied garden is unique and fresh, EVERY TIME.
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Promise.
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Every site is unique, your application choices are unique, every day's weather is unique, each day's passage is unique by the split second.  Garden Design is following the best recipes.  Same script, different results, each time.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO T
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Went to a famous rosarian's garden, Anna Davis, used her garden in one of the books I've written.  On her deck, off her kitchen, Anna did a riff on the Potted Grid.  Over a dozen large terra cotta pots, stuffed with roses, not in a grid, but a Mosh Pit of the Potted Grid Template.  Yep, it worked.  Apologies no pic, it's not online, and my pics of her Rose Garden Mosh Pit are amongst thousands of slides I've taken.
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Anna's Garden, above.
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Hot, humid day we 1st visited Anna, she was welcoming with her time in touring us thru her garden, and refreshments in the kitchen afterward.  Ice water and glasses were waiting for us on a tray, the ice water pitcher a classic fat bellied silhouette made of sterling.  Beads of sweating dripping along its sides.  Looking at it made the heat/humidity go away.  Guess what I did?  Yes, you know I did.  Began the hunt.  Took a few years, found almost her exact pitcher to use in same situations.  Mine, plated, but a good plate, it had been a golf trophy in the 50's from a course in Massachusetts.  The engraving gorgeous.  Fond memories of Anna's garden each time it's used.
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For longtime friends reading, of course it was Penny McHenry with me in Anna's garden.  Better, we all knew it was a 'lifetime' good day.  My good fortune in those, quite deep.

1 comment:

Health eSCENTials said...

You are, w/o any doubt, a freaking genius!

Thanks for sharing!