Enlightened Awareness in the Garden
The Latin word for ‘cultivate’, colere, means both ‘to till’ and ‘to cherish’ .
‘Tilling’ your garden helps you to cherish Nature and become more 'watchful' of nature's processes.
Going out before the heat of the day in summer you can see Nature’s serendipitous ‘co-incidents’ close at hand. The fragrant, multihued display of flowers is not meant to delight us but to catch an insect’s eye - this is a glorious way to ensure pollination of each blossom and hybrid seed production.
Indeed, the symphony of the natural world is a medley of synchronous events working together, ever changing throughout the “striped coat of climates, this fourfold year…” that Ralph Waldo Emerson termed it.
Similarly, in blustery autumn, as oak trees drop their acorns, industrious squirrels bury these hard coated seeds for their winter food supply. The trees couldn’t ask for better seed sowers for future mighty oaks!
It is from this enlightened viewpoint that the best garden design ideas emerge.