Posted on May 8, 2009 | 0 comments

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Acer folicifolium in bloom

Acer folicifolium in bloom

Creeping thyme and Hens-n-chicks

Creeping thyme and Hens-n-chicks

Dwarf hyacinths, iris, dianthus foliage
Muscari, dwarf iris, and dianthus budded foliage

Found myself in waking consciousness muttering the words” enable beauty” one morning this week. The dream fragments that I woke with escape me now but do remember the words–a mantra of sorts. The mantra of one who gardens and designs landscapes professionally, I’m continually challenged to create gardens that delight, restore,and simultaneously function practically and ecologically. And yet the word “enable” contains the concept of addiction. And can that be healthy? Perhaps “encourage” presents a more balanced goal.

Anyway, my own garden functions as my testing grounds and daily journey of discovery.  Here are some things I noticed a few days again and photographed. BTW since then the woodland has fully leafed out. The oaks nearby, the swamp maples, and populars fill the visual landscape with shades of pale green that contrast beautifully with the textural dark greens of white pine and hemlock. A few amelanchier or serviceberry bloom white in starker contrast highlighting their smaller form and lower canopy sprinkled here and there at forest edge . Its truly a magical landscape that I savor while listening to red-wing blackbirds, nut hatches, chickadees, warbler, yellow and red finches and the occasional cardinal and dove.