Isn't it nice when plants and sculpture meet and unite?
The photos show a very happy accident of juxtapositioning (if there is such a word) in one of “my” gardens, which came about from three unrelated incidents.
Firstly, way back in early May, the somewhat elderly owner of the garden took a tumble over the stone slab which used to mark the transition between the path and the grass. So I was asked to remove the slab, and sink a line of red bricks, flush to the ground, in place of it. The slab weighs more than I do (!) and I could barely move it, so I just shuffled it off the path into the bed, heartlessly squashing whatever small plants were growing there.
The first photo shows my new brick edging, with the slab moved off to one side. Please note the total lack of any fern.
Secondly, we had to have some hedging work done behind the shrubbery, further round the garden. This meant that the sculpture, “Dior”, and the plinth on which it stood had to be moved out of harm's way, so I plonked them onto the slab, temporarily.
The work took months: and in the meantime, thirdly, the fern which had been hiding, unseen, behind the slab grew. And grew. And grew!
Now, in October, look at what a perfect fan-tail it has become - somewhere between a peacock, and the tail-feather-fan of a Las Vegas showgirl outfit. The Client and I are both so pleased with this effect that we are going to leave it just as it is.
Which just goes to show that sometimes, you don't need to be an arty garden designer, or to spend hours deciding on exactly the right position for your garden statuary!