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"How fair is a garden, amid the toils and passions of existence." (Benjamin Disradi)
Its the hight of summers and there is an abundance of flora (and fauna) to be witnessed in the garden. The plants have reached their absolute zenith and are in full bloom.
The colours are rich with a jewel like intensity, varied, tactile textures and heady scent pervades the air. The senses are assaulted in the most beautiful manner. You are exited yet a sense of peace still prevails. Engulfed by plants and walking amongst them easily transports you to a far of exotic land. The buzz of bees, insects and the fluttering of colourful butterflies just adds to the whole experience. The song birds also make a point of making themselves heard.
There are allot of narrow paths in my garden which beckon the visitor to further explore and at every turn there is something exiting to be discovered. Amongst all the cultivated perennials and annuals are self sown verbena bonariensis which dance about in the borders adding vertical interest, lightness, movement and a purple haze. Verbena B is such a wonderful plant its light and airiness lends itself to be planted in the front of the border , creating almost like a sheer veil for the other plants in the background and adding depth to the scheme. Its a favourite amongst pollinators too and is as effective a support for dahlias as bamboo canes. (have I convinced you of this plant already?)
Colours and plants are repeated every where with the odd punctuation of large foliage plants ( i.e. hostas, bananas, arum lily, heuchera and cannas). this repetition gives the garden a sense of continuity and cohesion and one can then relate to different areas while strolling amongst the various paths whilst still retaining individual identities.
I have a keen interest in arts and working with a living medium such as plants, do the most wonderful and unexpected things. I am absolutely thrilled at the way the garden has turned out this year,I sort of had a picture in my head to begin with but the results have been far better than expected. I sit here in my garden on my laptop writing this (being carried away even) with a feeling of contentment and a big smile. Gardening is a cycle and a process and I am very privileged and grateful to be part of this amazing process. May for long we garden.