Viewing greenjay's Garden Diary: General Gardening
Monday, July 31, 2006
How do you know when you are doing it right?It's a question people ask me all the time. None of my projects are small, and I don't spend a lot of time second - guessing what should go here or will this plan works. It just does, over time. The garden is constantly under revision, through its own process of growth and seasonal variation, and my own efforts are integrated into that cycle of revision.
Gardens are to be in, to walk through, to smell and to get down on our knees and feel the earth. The more we do this, the easier it is to see the garden from the point of view of a butterfly, a bird, or a visitor. I spend time looking at my works in progress. Every day I try to walk all the way through clockwise, the next day counterclockwise. My dog Sweetie helps with this, of course, stopping to sniff (or pee) wherever it strikes her, forcing me to look longer and better at some plant or a place where a plant "ought" to be.
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