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Neither here nor there…

Pretty straight forward...

the green…

The reason I have not been writing as much as usual lately is because I have spent most of my last two weeks genuflecting to nature.

I have been helping friends preparing their beautiful formal garden for a grand visit of the Dutch heritage organisation Heemschut together with the Dutch National garden association.
And after a late frost and an extremely dry spell there was plenty to do…

So I spent most of my time on my knees weeding and scraping…
There is something very humbling in caring for the grasses, scattering gravel layers and raking out loam paths.
Not the usual pruning and fine work, but actual graft, working like a builder on the bigger lines of a garden. (may be this is where it is in line with my ambitions in Building conservation)
It is quite amazing to find that the simplest straight lined lawn and gravel path encrusted pond would take so much more time in detailing than a fully planted border.

Off course all gardeners know that nature and straight lines are no common bedfellows.
But it is truly an amazing feeling to see an original design come back to life. Literally…

The house and garden are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. And it was quite a privilege working on a Dutch interpretation of an English arts & crafts ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’.

Green hair day!

The strangest piece of work I did on the final evening before showtime…was the cutting back of some rusty brown fern heads. After all the raking, hoeing and pulling out nettles, cutting the frothy ferns with an elegant snip of a pair of gardeners scissors feels quite surreal…
Is this where gardeners meet hairdressers?!

Some time ago a friend of mine bought two amazing brass sculptured heads of Dali and van Gogh, open at the top…  (looking for pics of them, so you can see what I mean) Anyways…

Now it all comes together…

PS the collage on the right comes from an artist called: Able Parris

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