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Re: Garden Aesthetics Pt II

  • Subject: Re: Garden Aesthetics Pt II
  • From: Pat Mora patmora@comcast.net
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 11:31:02 -0500

Your right, life is a jungle out there and I might just as well give in to
it!!!! Check out my garden this year, gads, I think I may be joining you in
this live and let live approach.  Dust Devil, in the center seems to be very
happy in his touchy/feely world

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glen Williams" <gw1944@vermontel.net>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>; <PHOENIX_HOSTA_ROBIN@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:37 AM
Subject: Garden Aesthetics Pt II

>                                Garden Aesthetics Part II
> I have NOW seen several of you profess the idea  that each of your hostas
> (plants) should have its own spot . That each plant is located with
> inviolate space around it, with its name tag undisguised by foliage . I'll
> bet you use those special expensive name tags that are engraved on ersatz
> wood grain tags too. I'll bet you plan and plant your hostas like an art
> museum director hangs a treasured show.   No leaf on one will touch
> another, nor the shadow of any plant cast a pall on the beauty of the
> plants. Each plant/painting is an island unto itself.
> I am here to say NAY to your anally retentive approach. NAY to the control
> freak that you have become. NAY, to the aesthetic that turns a garden into
> a museum.
> NAY!
> My hostas deserve to be free to mingle, to cohabit, to come and go, to
> caress and touch, to create, to procreate,  to grow and commune in a
> natural environment.  Don't your hostas deserve the same?  . As a gardener
> how can you know the subtle pleasure and feel the tingle when  seeing a
> heart-shaped gold  leaf brush by and cross the path of a blue corrugated
> beauty? Would you pin that butterfly to a cork and put it on your shelf in
> a glass jay as a trophy of the hunt? The toads deserve a home. Crickets
> and other small creatures of the night (voles and moles) need cover for
> their work. A real home. Your garden should not be a golf course with a
> plant/hosta on each green and neatly manicured lawns between.  Are YOU a
> specimen? Or do you belong in the real world where you touch and are
> touched in return. Where life is conflict, battles and survival. Where on
> good day you are part of a whole  which surpasses the order of any row.
> Eden was not about order, but a state of mind. Of course we know what
> happened there.  Adam  insisted on name tags and  Eve was sure she had the
> perfect place for each plant.
> If you can resist this powerful aesthetic principal which I have spelled
> out, I have a final set of killer questions for you.
> 1. How can one get 1,400 hostas into less than an acre and not have them
> 2. How can you keep the weeds down if you allow all that space among your
> plants?
> 3. What fun is it if visitors to your garden can find the name tags?
> 4. If you can't misplace at least 20 hostas a year , what is life about?
>  Life is a jungle out there. You might just as well give in to it. Let the
> beast in you out into your jungle. Let it prowl in the undergrowth and
> discover just how bloody in tooth an claw nature  really is /was: even in
> Darwin's little patch of ground on the moor. DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU ARE
> "Can devolution be far behind?" Geraldo Rivera
> Glen Williams
> 20 Dewey St.
> Springfield , Vermont
> 05156
> Tel: 802-885-2839
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