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Art in the Garden

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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!

Comments (6)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Perfect - SERENDIPITY is sometimes the best! Lovely word and a lovely thing.

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Oh, thank you Jeremy, that's the word I was groping for - serendipity. With nice overtones of serenity!

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    I love reading your adventures with your garden work - inspiring

  4. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Thank you, Cal, that is most kind of you! I love gardening, and I love to share what I know. You should hear me on the subject of compost and leaf mold!!

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    Helene U Taylor

    I haven't been here for ages (way too long!), and the first post I am reading is about garden art, one of my favourite topics! I absolutely love it when I have visitors to my garden and they come running to me and say 'I found a Pixie in your Woodland Bed!' if I didn't know it was there :-)
    I have lots of small ornaments and solar lights placed everywhere, but nothing is very intrusive and you don't really notice them until you are close or maybe lift a branch or turn a corner or sometimes not in the summer only in the winter. And most of the solar lights are invisible until it gets dark - then the garden becomes a magical place!
    I try to choose art that fits with the style of each part of the garden so for example the Woodland Bed has very different ornaments than the Rose Bed. And I have 3 bird baths, frequently visited by birds, squirrels and the local cat population. Oh, and the name of my garden? The Serendipity Garden!

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Helene! Nice to hear from you again, and your garden is looking lovely.

    I love the cat drinking out of the birdbath - and yes, it is funny when visitors "tell you" about things in your own garden, isn't it?

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