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Rusticity with formality, below. Gertrude Jekyll, Munstead Wood. Her reign still informed many gardens I studied across Europe. And, as a girl, a large garden/home visited ca. 1967, built decades previous, in Augusta, GA, owned by Edison Marshal.

Gertrude Jekyll and her garden at Munstead Wood (UK):
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Macro drawings of Jekyll's garden, above/below. Clearly, rusticity & formality.

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Going into the micro garden, below.


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When I came back from my 1st study tour of historic British gardens, I had to create a manner of drawing them. College merely taught incurves/outcurves blah-ti-awful-blah. Amusing to find this drawing, below, today, it's exactly what I've done, drawing garden plans. With embarrassment, assuming it was too simplistic. No more. How to draw this garden, below? Easy. Design the house and paths first, then fill in the leftover voids.


Pic, above, here.

Layers of a Jekyll garden design, below. Macro-micro.

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Jekyll's garden, below, Munstead Wood. She would have loved using a drone for her gardening.

Annotated aerial view of the garden at Munstead Wood
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Classic Gertrude Jekyll flower border, below. Amusing. Great reminder she had 15 acres and 14 experienced gardeners working for her. Her garden easily copied in style, not content.

In my early 20's I shared a bit of good news with my mother-in-law. In her brief reply I learned a life lesson, to share my joy is to diminish it. Within her reply, realization, there had always been others taking pleasure in diminishing joy.
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Worse than having an empty quiver, I had no quiver at all. With that sharing I commenced, without awareness for years, building my quiver, and a delightful array of arrows.
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Entering into garden making, for myself, became freedom. Gardening is the working of mind & body, while the heart works in grace seemingly untended, yet wildly abundant. Decades passed before the simplest epiphany of all, Life began in a garden.
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One of the best arrows discovered? To share my sorrow, with my garden, is to diminish it. List of my best arrows could form a book, but that's not where I'm going today. Found a bit of Rilke yesterday, "Sadness is life holding you in its hands and changing you." More fully, "Loneliness is just space expanding around you. Trust uncertainty. Sadness is life holding you in its hands and changing you. Make solitude your home."

Ewa in the Garden: 10 Photos of Sissinghurst Castle Garden:
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Ah, uncertainty.

If you ask me, Do you like ornamental grasses? Long pause. Then a bit of internal rumination, Don't think I want to know this person. My verbal response, Depends on how they're used.
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This garden, below, creates a new trinity, its own world. Nothing hodge-podge-lodge or dinky-is-stinky about these ornamental grasses. More, hydrangeas and trees too ? Cup runneth over.
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Trees, hydrangeas & ornamental grasses. Wicked.

hydrangea arborescens hedge and ornamental grass:
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Exciting to see a 'new' garden. I'm all in.
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Interesting tree stakes. Lots of wind. Zero protection against deer. Greatly protective. I once lost a large sasanqua after transplanting. Winds. Rocked too often by wind, new roots continually ripped from the soil. Loved that sansanqua. Once dead, called my mentor Margaret Moseley, told her the story of my terrible deed against the sasanqua. "Taaaaara, (in her great southern accent), I know exactly what happened. When I move a plant like that I always place a few large rocks atop its roots."
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Garden & Be Well, XOT
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Oil portrait, above, Margaret Moseley.
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Margaret has been gone since 2015, she lived to 98 . Miss her terribly. She is a great story in my life, will tell it another day.

      

 

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