Archive für den Monat: Januar, 2014

Um mich an diesem grauen, nassen Tag ein wenig aufzuheitern, habe ich beschlossen, bei Cathys Montagsvase mitzumachen…und wurde dabei gleich ein wenig poetisch.

To cheer myself up a little on this wet, grey day I’ve decided to join Cathy for her meme In a vase on a monday and promptly got into a rather poetical mood.

Sweet creature of the wood

White scented vest

Floating like a fairy

Whispering of spring.

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Have a look at Cathy’s vase and be inspired. Maybe you want to join in too? I wish you a great week 🙂

Ich möchte nur ganz kurz einen glücklichen Moment mit euch teilen: Mein Bild „Morning Magic“ gehört zu den Gewinnern der Kategorie Gärten bei der RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Photographic Competition und wurde mit einem „Highly Commended“ ausgezeichnet. Es zeigt einen Teil meines Gartens, und das erfüllt mich natürlich mit doppelter Freude! Seht alle Gewinner hier.

Just want to share a very happy moment with you: My image „Morning Magic“ is among the winners of the gardens category in the RHS Photographic Competition and has been awarded a „Highly commended“. It shows part of my garden and this doubles my joy! See all winners here.

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Diesen Garten habe ich für ein Ehepaar gestaltet, deren Kinder nun erwachsen sind, und das sich mit einem neuen Gartenkonzept verwöhnen wollte. Der Garten war mehr oder weniger eine weisse Leinwand, weil sich die Besitzer zuvor nie für den Aussenbereich interessierten. Mit dem neuen Garten ist das anders geworden. Es ist ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl, zu sehen, wie Kunden aufblühen, wenn sie plötzlich von Schönem umgeben sind und sich ihre Lebens- und Wohnqualität erhöht. Bei vielen erwacht zudem der Wunsch, die Pflanzen und das eigene Stück vom Paradies zu hegen. Denn etwas anderes ist der Garten ja nicht…

I designed this garden for a couple whose kids are grown up and who wanted to treat itself to a new garden concept. The garden was more or less a blank canvas because up until then the owners had no interest in it. This changed completely with the new garden. It’s hard to describe the feeling when you see clients „flourish“ when they’re suddenly surrounded by beauty and their quality of life is also enhanced greatly. A lot of them develop the wish to care and nourish their own piece of paradise. And that’s what a garden is all about…

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Nachher/Danach

Sichtschutz war gewünscht und dringend nötig: Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light, diverse Sträucher mit unterschiedlichen saisonalen Höhepunkten und Acer campestre als Stumpfpyramiden schaffen auf lockere, unaufdringliche Art die nötige Privatsphäre und Struktur. Dazwischen wachsen Stauden (Geranium, Nepeta, Bergenia, Salvia, Linaria…) mit niedrigen Gräsern wie Stipa tenuissima (syn. Nasella tenuissima), Deschampsia cespitosa, Festuca glauca Blaufuchs und Zwiebelblumen zu einem bunten Teppich zusammen. Auf dem Stadtplan der Insekten und Schmetterlinge markiert nun ein Kreuz diese Nektarweide 🙂

Screening was required and badly needed: Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light, various shrubs peaking at different times and pyramidical Acer campestre create privacy and structure in an unobtrusive and relaxed way. In between mingle perennials (Geranium, Nepeta, Bergenia, Salvia, Linaria…) with low grasses like Stipa tenuissima (syn. Nasella tenuissima), Deschampsia cespitosa, Festuca glauca Blaufuchs and bulbs creating a colourful carpet. Insects and butterflies have marked this spot on their map with a cross: nectar heaven 🙂

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Ich liebe Naturstein und Holz, und diese wunderbar vielseitigen Materialien finden immer einen Weg in meine Designs. Für den Bereich hinter dem Haus  entwarf ich eine Mauer, die sich durch den Garten schlängelt. Sie dient als Skulptur und Sitzgelegenheit. Eibenkugeln nehmen die runde Form auf. Die Bepflanzung ist voller Bewegung: Acer griseum und Amelanchier Ballerina, Hydrangea paniculata und Rosa glauca stehen in einem Gräser- und Staudenmeer. Die unschöne Mauer wird bald von Hydrangea petiolaris verdeckt sein. (Foto wurde drei Monate nach der Pflanzung aufgenommen)

I love stone and wood and these wonderfully versatile materials always find a way into my designs. For the area at the back of the house I designed a snaking wall which serves as sculpture and seating. Taxus baccata balls pick up the round shape. The planting is full of movement: Acer griseum and Amelanchier Ballerina, Hydrangea paniculata and Rosa glauca grow out of a sea of grasses and perennials. The unsightly wall will soon be covered with Hydrangea petiolaris. (Picture was taken 3 months after planting)

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Vom Sitzplatz ist nun nicht mehr viel zu sehen…

The main seating area is nicely screened…

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Wasser beruhigt und lenkt von den Umgebungsgeräuschen ab. Das Becken ist tief genug, um an heissen Tagen ein erfrischendes Bad zu nehmen. Abends sind Brunnen und Garten beleuchtet, was auch von drinnen sehr stimmungsvoll aussieht.

Water has a soothing effect and distracts from the noise of the city. The bassin is deep and large enough to sit in on hot days. Lighting of garden and water feature creates a different mood and is a joy to see from inside._MG_7308-0142

Aus Zeitgründen gibt es diesen Beitrag heute nur in Englisch. Ich bitte die Leser ohne Englischkenntnisse um Verständnis.

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(Image: Les Jardins de Quercy, one of the gardens that will be featured in my book)

Over the past few months I read several garden reviews, among them gardens of rather well established personalities of the horticultural scene, accompanied by pictures which were supposed to emphasize the points that were made. Quite often these reviews or critiques refer to poor planting or maintenance, weeds, low standard, gaps in the borders etc. The pictures show weeds, gaps, sometimes odd combinations. A while after that I came across Anne Wareham’s interesting article in which she suggests, those who do open their gardens need to find out what people think of them and -if need be- strive to get things right. This whole discussion raises several questions. I think gardens are a mirror of the soul. Pretty scary thought when you think of all the gardens which consist merely of a lawn and a sick looking conifer hedge but that’s another matter, and to discuss the worrying state of some people’s soul would certainly go beyond the scope. Anyway, I firmly believe in this and gardens are as diverse as their creators. I am talking about private gardens made by devoted people of varying means. In some cases it’s the creation of a lifetime and/or story of a special relationship. We all create our humble or generous equivalent of paradise lost. Some are nice enough to be willing to share it with others. This takes quite a bit of courage as most gardeners are usually too self-aware and think their gardens are not up to the scrutiny of the public. But it is a generous gesture to open your garden and let others trample your lawn and step on your precious, rare calceolaria arachnoidea during the effort to capture the pink, towering foxglove in the back with their mobile phone cameras. In some cases the calceolaria may be gone altogether – it can happen, not all gardeners are angels as I have been told. While you offer tea and homemade cake, advise and plant names, people walk around your plot forging their opinion. Some will like what you’ve done, other’s won’t. That’s the way it is and nothing can be done about. By accident you may come across a blogger reviewing your garden. It may be torn to pieces accompanied by unfavourable pictures which by the way can be taken in the most perfect garden if you try hard enough. The question is: Do we have the right to do this? And I’m not referring to freedom of speech but more to an ethical right. Gardening is an art form and finds its expression in many ways. It’s a very personal affair too, and I have to admit that only very few gardens really touch my soul, making we want to go back and linger, trying to understand and dig deeper. What is our attitude when we visit a garden? Are we open to other people’s individuality and ideas or do we have expectations? The latter is bound to be disastrous. When I visit gardens I’m very open minded and the more creative, stimulating and thoughtful a place is the better. Surely we cannot expect all gardens to please us. Visiting gardens is a privilege and should not be connected to expectations of any kind if we are to draw pleasure and intellectual challenge out of it. Should we find out what people think? People have different views and backgrounds. Should we listen to all of them or just to those whose opinions we like? If we listen to all of them which may quickly develop into a time consuming endeavour what are we supposed to make out of it? Do we not make our gardens the way they are because it feels right and mirrors our ideas, philosophy and passion? If I listen to all the visitors, my head will be spinning and I find myself pretty confused at the end of the day. Or it may lift me into higher spheres – who can tell. I think the bottom line is that some feel certain gardens shouldn’t open their gates at all and mind their own business in case expectations won’t be met. Maybe a standard should be set to define who may and may not take part in garden open days? But who should set that standard?

What do you think? Do you open your garden or not? Do you visit other gardens? Do you have expectations? I defintely would like to know what you think. 🙂

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Ein neues Jahr liegt vor uns: Was mag es für uns bereit halten? Das letzte Jahr wurde zwar etwas unelegant im Graben beendet, weil mein Muli vor einem imaginären Wildschweinrudel floh (dabei war’s nur unser Hund im Unterholz) und ich dem Gesetz der Schwerkraft folgte. 😉 Aber es war ein gutes Jahr mit vielen Sternstunden, tollen Begegnungen und vielen glücklichen Momenten in Garten und Natur. Vor bald einem Jahr habe ich mit dem Bloggen begonnen. Was als kleines Tagebuch gedacht war, geriet bald ausser Rand und Band und hat neue, faszinierende Welten eröffnet und -last but not least- habe ich viele interessante Leute kennen gelernt, deren Gedanken und Bilder ich mittlerweile sehr schätze. Ein grosses Dankeschön allen, die hereinschauen, kommentieren und meine Liebe zu diesem wundersamen, schönen Planeten teilen. Lasst uns diese Schönheit bewahren! Habt ein gesundes, zufriedenes neues Jahr mit vielen Lichtblicken 🙂

A new year lies ahead: What does it have in store for us? Last year ended rather inelegantly in the ditch, because my mule took flight from a pack of wild boar (which turned out to be our dog in the undergrowth) and I had to yield to the force of gravity. 😉 But it has been a good year with many great moments, amazing encounters and happy moments in garden and nature. Almost a year ago I dived into the fascinating world of blogging. What was meant to be a diary soon went wild and I met (and keep meeting) a lot of super people whose thoughts and images I appreciate. Thanks to those who pop in, comment and share my love of this awesome, beautiful planet. There’s so much beauty around us – let’s care for it!  Have a healthy, happy new year 🙂

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