February 12, 2009

After the fall of snow and my garden was covered with an eiderdown of white, it was confirmed to me how important structure is in a garden. Mine is composed of interlocking shapes that create planting beds that billow in summer with leaf and flower that ruffle up the edges of the lines.
In winter, the lines become apparent. However, there is still enough life in the beds to attract attention away from these basic support grids. Then comes this white unifying layer and suddenly the whole underlying shape of the garden is shown with no distractions. I was seeing my garden again as I saw it on white paper at its planning stage with the lines of hedge and masses of shrubs defining the areas.
Luckily, I like it as much as when I drew it!