Individual expression of the garden
As you live and work in your garden so you give it a shape and a form, that relates to you and your family, as well as to nature.
What form have you given to the garden?
What motivations steer your work in the garden? Is it a place to rest and enjoy nature, is a place for growing herbs and vegetables? Is it a place that you don’t have time to manage and so its been landscaped with concrete or paving slabs?
As you form the garden so you influence nature that lives there and this in turn effects you.
If you create a cold and damp place you feel cold and damp!
A simple exercise for you to try.
Go into the garden, consider this:
nature is busy at work, different living things, from insects, to birds, to plants and trees, all busy shaping and forming the garden, and there you are, gardeners gloves on weeding and pruning, or planting shrubs and cutting flowers to take inside the home.
Then look to the whole space with a simple question, what is the shape and form of the garden? Begin to describe what you perceive – what colours, what shapes, the wildlife, or what you hear or smell.
Then notice how you feel, what inner feelings arise? Does it feel cold and damp? Or dry and exposed? Does it feel lively or empty and sterile?
After these 2 preliminary questions now ask: what would you like to give the garden, what does it need? Maybe you want to bring more colour, or some kind of water feature, or a seat or you want to feed certain shrubs. Or maybe you want the garden to be more tidy.
Finally, imagine what effect will this change you want to bring, what effect will it have on you and on nature?
Nature is working in the garden in an interconnected way, all parts of the ecosystem all working in relation to one another, all influencing the other. To this ecosystem we are also a part, how we are and what we do influences the functioning of the ecosystem, and we can support its lively interaction or we can interfere and block or weaken certain areas.
What picture then, do you want to create with nature? By taking time to get to know your garden, how its functioning in different ways, we can grow with our gardens in a mutually beneficial way, for just as nature gives to us in so many ways, so we too can give to nature by creating gardens in which she can flourish.