the intangibility of plants…

Every morning I walk into the garden to let the chickens into their run; to do this I have to walk through a part of the garden.  Today, I stopped in my tracks, in the middle of a particular section, which is my favourite part.  I wasn’t thinking about the garden, or the plants, but in a rain-washed sky, they still managed to grab my attention somehow.  This small area of gravelled path, herbs and perennials, just demanded my awareness.

The gravel garden with herbs and perennials

There used to be nothing here but a bit of hard-standing and grass, but two years ago I excavated some of this and created the borders; the only difference is the plants!  This is what I would call the creation of an intangible element, where the essence of something is somehow holistic, giving rise to an overall, well, awareness, within a space of something greater.  What I can’t quite get over, is that somehow, the plants DEMANDED my attention…

So I can’t quite define the overall feeling I’m getting from this space; if it is holistic, then the whole is, of course, greater than the sum of it’s parts.  There are some great “parts” in there though, and I guess this is what makes the art of gardening.  So I have some English lavenders, broad leaved sage (makes a low mound 6ft wide with no flowers), Perovskia, Verbina, Carex, Sea Lavender and Kale, Echinacia, Fennel, Rosmary Fota Blue etc, etc.  All beautiful plants as individuals; collectively, they obviously add up to something else.  The power of plants to make our lives feel better…

October 3rd, 2012 by