Especially in gardens.  Did you know that gardening was/is considered a “fine art” in Great Britain?  It was true in Victorian England, and does anyone but me remember the amazing gardening shows on A&E back in the glory days?  When the “A” naming that cable channel meant “arts”?  The most creative innovative gardening shows were from England where youthful goth types with rainbows of hair color and black everything else were the driving forces.

Gardening compositions involve much more consideration than other kinds of white bread two dimensional or three dimensional static compositions.  To make the composition of a garden work, one must not only consider the mass, the height, the color of a shape, but the light necessary, the soil, the watering needs, the off season where the perennial or annual is not to be seen, underground propagation (which might send up sprouts ANYWHERE):  whew.  Simple shapes on a canvas seems so controllable.

skinny garden

skinny garden two

The pictures above show a garden that is very long, shaped like a parenthesis, and runs down part of a circle drive.  In it are five cedars and seven wire spools with  Five Leaf  ikebia that has just been planted.  The cedars were free, and the wire spools cost two bucks each.  Both were distributed evenly down the shape.  The tiny cedars in the foreground never grew well, were replaced once, and did not survive.  They may have been too close to a sprawling oak tree that cannot be seen in the picture above.  The three that did survive in the back of the picture are a testament to uneven light with their different sizes.

long garden with sculpture

1-mature garden

Above is the garden today.  Between the taking of the last two pictures, a sprinkler system has been installed, but not soon enough to save the last two cedars.  They have been replaced by a dogwood bush called “Midwinter Blaze”.  They feature amazing red lines all winter.  But the cedars are overtaking the wire spools.  The spools are too close in places and the ikebia vine is creeping into the cedars.  Not good.

Sometimes solutions are so simple.  I pulled each wire spool away from the tree in conflict and in a repeat pattern.  With some, parts of the vine snapped, but no worry.  Ikebia grows very fast.  I also took another element from elsewhere in the garden, and repeated it.  Slipped blue wine bottles under each spool that needed them to retain an interesting angle.  One or two did not need any support.  There will be interesting cascades from the tops of the spools in a month!





  1. remembering being astounded in the dimensions of you and your garden, studio, home, life, and last year for Easter.. Missing you. life good here. New little Henry MacKay, 5 wks new, and mom and sis Sarah and her 12 and 15 yr. olds and hubby here for the holiday. Lots of loving and creating and more hugging to you!

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