Thursday, January 30, 2020

The 5 Laws Taken From A Garden

Scotland was the first country I chose to study historic gardens.  At the time, late 80's, Scotland was home to most of the major head-gardeners across Europe.  Gleaned this fact from a PBS garden show from that era.
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A small aside during that PBS show, it pulled my trigger.  Of I went, decades across Europe studying historic gardens.
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Earlier this week, a new pic, below, from Scotland.  Better it's a cemetery, with winter blooming bulbs.  Have never been to Scotland during winter.
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Aside from being able to walk in many old cemeteries across Europe, it was more melancholy, driving past them, at a distance, on our touring coach.  I wanted to be in them all not merely driving past.  Time to know what the cemetery garden says, how it feels, where its going, understanding all the others who have been there, without leaving a mark, as I wish to leave no mark.  Instead, wanting those cemeteries to leave a mark on me, to take across my remaining days.   
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Quiet times in Scotland - Ben Pentreath Inspiration
Pic, above, here.
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Bulbs & Trees are incredibly sacred to the unborn, and dead.
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Before us, our ancestors planted bulbs & trees we enjoy.  Before we go to the-great-beyond, as Leonard Cohen sings, our privilege, one of many we're gifted, to be ancestors, is planting bulbs & trees.
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We are descendant & ancestor to the Garden.
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 The turn of the year - Ben Pentreath Inspiration
Pic, above, here.
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We come to the Garden, in control.  If we've payed attention we learn the garden is in control.
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"Paying attention to the details of life is part of a spiritual life."  Rabbi Sandy Sasso.
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The garden takes our heart & mind.  We go into it thinking.  Minds thinking, bodies doing, the garden not telling us what to think; letting us think, encouraging us to think.  Thoughts being worked on by living organisms, from the dawn of time, wisdom, coming at our thinking, in partnership.
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Ethics are in the garden.
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The turn of the year - Ben Pentreath Inspiration
Pic, above, here.
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From the garden we're taught how to feed our soul.  Meadows parched, after the rains, grow, gracious & grateful.  Trees, such courage, yet joy & purpose are their life force.  Nurturing a spiritual life, Gardens, they nurture ours.
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"How do you put experiences of the sacred in your life?  What are the layers you choose to be wrapped in the sacred?"  Rabbi Sandy Sasso.
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Pic, above, here.
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Our soul hears the silence of a garden; with understanding.
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In the garden, if we're paying attention we'll realize it's 'showing us the fullness of our humanity'.
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 “The rain to the wind said, You push and I'll pelt.' They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, and lay lodged--though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.”—Robert Frost (Image via Pinterest)
Pic, above, here.
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What questions do you ask your garden?
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 convallaria majalis
Pic, above, here.
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Potted bulbs, above/below.  No garden?  Yes, the potted garden.
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The garden answers every question.  It's when we realize the questions are more important than the answers, we're seeing.

 Gardener's Desire
Pic, above, here.
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We are precious to the garden, it was formed for pollinators.  Knowing this isn't enough.  We must learn the garden is precious to us, pollinating our spirit, germinating our soul.
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You are a pollinator, don't you know?  Gardens are global, and yours.  Nature doesn't keep tabs according to mortgage papers.  Your neighbor's trees, are working for all.
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 √Ārvore de Gatos
Pic, above, here.
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Several century old pecan trees are on our property, above.  How to make those magnificent trees 2nd fiddle?  When my cats jump into them.  They never go over my upstretched arms, and let me lift them down.  Dignity intact, of course.
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 It’s amazing what we will do to survive
Pic, above, here.
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Why does it take so long to realize what the garden is teaching us?  Why don't we see the layers of spirituality & ethics, in how a garden grows?  Why are we shocked learning we're part of that, literally?  Seriously, science is now proving trees are sentient.
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Theology and gardens are the same having ritual & ceremony; the gardener's is wildly more fun.
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When the radical grows down and the leaf grows up it's more than a seed germinating.  It's Providence & spirituality; bigger than we can conceive.  Answers are not as important as having the questions.  Beware trusting past science 'against' these words, science has caught up.

 Belleza solitaria...
Pic, above, here.
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What type of person, above, are you?  One cell at a time, this tree decided to go for it.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO T
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I know, more than 5 laws to take from the garden.  Laws deepening your spirit, and improving your life.  Didn't bullet point them, don't want to limit you.  Everyone's list, from this post, will be different.  THAT'S what a garden does, even via technology & photos & mere words.

3 comments:

La Contessa said...

BEAUTIFUL POST TARA!!
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Dewena said...

That third picture! "The garden takes our heart and mind." And your "From the garden we're taught how to feed our soul...." Another one of your posts that acts like a spring tonic on me, Tara.

RH has planted a dozen trees since we moved here 3 years ago and about 500 bulbs last fall, which makes me eagerly anticipate spring now as many of them are peeking above ground. Your first picture is how I'd love to see our grassy field overlooking our neighbor's big pond. I guess it would take decades to look like that?

MR KAMAL said...

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