Monday, May 10, 2021

Mad Boy: A Little Madness in the Garden

 No detail for your garden is too small.  Apologies, for decades, overlooking the obvious, below.

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Notice the pigeons?

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They're dyed.

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The owner's grandfather began the tradition, she, his granddaughter, Sofka, continues it.  There's even a fan club, aka Trust, "Pink Pigeons Trust (named after the Mad Boy's habit of dyeing birds in jewelled hues)."

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He dyed his pigeons jewel tones, was nicknamed, Mad Boy, and had a stunning garden.  Hope there is a heaven, and Mad Boy is busy in his celestial garden, awaiting all of us to visit.  What types of ideas and mischief's will Mad Boy create during his infinity?  He's on my list, Gardens to Visit.   

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This reminds me, must finally, faithfully, turn off the wireless at night.  A dear friend, an RN, said she began turning hers off, her dream world began again.  Didn't realize till mentioned, my dreaming has been turned 'off'.  Worth it to visit Mad Boy's garden.  Hope you've been gifted with travel dreams too.

 

  

Garden Design: Classic color combination, above, it will never fail you: Green, White, Brown.

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How Mad Boy's granddaughter is living in the house & garden:

    "Her day usually begins with writing in her study and she takes pleasure in arranging flowers for the house, mixing the more formal ones with wildflowers, wood anemones, hyacinths, tulips and fritillaries that grow in profusion in the long grass that borders the driveway. It is a short meander down the drive into the charming market town of Faringdon, where the excellent Hare in the Woods delicatessen provides Sofka and Vassilis with delicious salads for a working kitchen lunch and something for a relaxed supper with Leo and Annabelle, who live nearby."

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Owner of the house/garden, Sofka Zinovieff, above.

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Had the good fortune, last summer, to find her chair, above, in a small Southern town with no red lights or fast food.  Plate on the bottom reads, By Special Appointment to His Majesty The King, Warings, Oxford Street - London.....

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Placed the chair in the library, and it moves often to kitchen or office....Like Sofka, above, the chair 'fits' my body.  Knew from first sit, it was a chair for office and pleasure reading.  A surprise, I like it for meals too.  Under-priced, it was  on sale.  I did not negotiate lower.  One must keep integrity.    

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Sofka and her husband, preparing for a meal, below.

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All pics/quotes, House & Garden: Faringdon House, "The extraordinary story of Faringdon House: the Palladian gem immortalised in Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love. The eccentric Lord Berners, the inspiration for the character Lord Merlin, unexpectedly left the house to the 25 year old writer Sofka Zinovieff. Here we revisit our April 2016 piece on the extraordinary story of this home as the BBC adaptation hits screens."

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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara


Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Zen of Roadside Foliage: Carlos David

Mundane subtlety hidden amongst the interior, below.

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When so much is a one-trick-pony, hope you take this mundane subtlety into your home, and heart.  This pony never disappoints.

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What's the rabbit hole, below?  THE STORY thread in all the pics?

 

  

Pic, above, here.

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"Your thoughts create your world."  Buddist

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All I see, in every pic, above/below, are the MUNDANE ARRANGEMENTS.

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Why mundane?  Some are taken from invasive plantings, some from shrubs needing pruning, one is more formally 'normal', flowers.  

 

  

Pic, above, here

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Myriad layers, dire subtlety, below.  As if the greenery were still in its field, arching slightly in the breeze.


 

Pic, above, here.

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Bought this neo-exact silver pitcher, below, to serve ice water, or hold side of the road clippings.  From a local thrift store in Atlanta.  One side engraved, North Shore Country Club, Glen Head, NY, 1st Flight 1952, Milton H. Raymond. 

 

  

Pic, above, here

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Flowers, above, a 'solace of quiet' singing, talking, loving you, until they 'fold their miracle'.  Whether you think so, or not.  

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Never done this throughout your home?  Weekend almost here.

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Gather your 'vases', source the pruners or kitchen scissors, a basket or bucket.

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Remember a few things, things you already know.  Perhaps never put into words to yourself.

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".....and the closed bud shrugs off

 its special mystery

in order to break into blossom

 

as if what exists, exists

so that it can be lost

and become precious."  In Passing, by Lisel Mueller.

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Best Use of Invasive Nandina, below.

  

Pic, above, here

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"There's a line in Walt Whitman's poem, 'Song of Myself' (1855) where he parenthetically says that he behaves no prouder than the level that he plants his house by.  His level isn't performing Modesty, pretending like it's not as good as other, more expensive levels.  Nor is it wrapped up in being better or more accurate than others.  It just does its job without getting in its own way.  At its best, modesty works the same way --- letting us do what we do well without all the comparative baggage.  A fitting insight for a poem that starts with Whitman's intention to celebrate himself, but actually winds up celebrating everything and everyone else."  N. Bommairito (sp.?)

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More than modesty, and comparison, is the gift of sacrament, 'the infusion of grace', from Webster's 3rd International Dictionary.

 

Energies of calm, inspiration, love, and St. Julian of Norwich, "All will be well."  

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Clipping your bushes for a vase inside, instead of straight to the compost pile, is a sacrament, and knowing all will be well.  In addition, bringing foliage inside your house is one of life's simple truths.

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If you've never done this, get ready.  You're going to receive much.

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Jikan = 'silence between thoughts'

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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara 

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Carlos David Studio, pics, and interiors and arrangements.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Principles vs. Preferences: Head + Heart + Life = Alignment

Traditionally designed, below, I would say, "No", to any client or friend wanting this.

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Gardening with preferences toward profane beauty no longer interest my soul.  Sacred beauty, yes, I will design a similar garden, below.  

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What's the difference?  Industrialized landscaping vs. Agrarian Gardening.  Principles vs. Preferences.  With the former, soil, water, wildlife harmed.  Toxic soil, toxic water from fertilizers and chemicals, leaving no habitat for wildlife.  The latter, Earth is regenerated.  More, the land is redeemed.  You too are redeemed. 

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Agrarian Principles remain the great 'system' holdout.  Skip a layer, the system fails inward, and upon Flora/Fauna.  Nice way of saying the system HAS failed.  

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How to make this an Agrarian Garden, below?  Easy.  Use old fashioned roses, historic, on their own roots, plant Tara Turf not a monoculture lawn (bermuda/zoysia/fescue), use native shrubs for hedging, and native bulbs/groundcover under the roses.

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No chemicals needed, drought tolerant once established, less mowing.  

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Whether you think so, or not, the Agrarian version of this Garden Design, below, benefits your health in body and spirit.

 

  

Pic, above, here

What kind of landscape do you need to live the kind of life you want to lead?

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Industrialized version of this Garden, below?  No trees, monoculture lawn, foundation plantings.  Instead, this garden, below, is wildlife preservation/regeneration, soil fungi/bacteria thrive, no chemicals. 

HVAC savings with this Agrarian Designed Garden, below.   Not the Industrialized version.


 

Pic, above, here.

Centuries before Industrialized Landscapes, close approximations of Wild Landscapes, below, were designed/planted.  For their joy in God; His great, good, providence, thanks.


 

Pic, above, here

Do you know the meaning of your Garden to your body, your spirit, your moods, your health, your friendships?


 

Pic, above, here

Adore the garden, above.  Little input, big outpouring.  Use natives, near natives; cannot imagine the joy, on knees, working with this garden.  My Gardening, as sacrament given, sacrament taken, symbol of a deeper reality.


  

Laura, above, in my Tara Turf.  She's mostly an inside cat.  Can't jump, not a birder.