Sunday, October 28, 2007

Serendipity


My definition of permaculture - following the spirit more than the letter of the law - is a letting go, a faith that if the land is treated right, then good things will happen. My front garden - mainly flowers at the moment - reminds this approach works.I have planted none of the flowers in the photo below. They've come on the wind, some from the tidy garden of the old lady down the road, some from the block of flats over the fence, others out of the side garden of the neighbours on the top-side. It possible the colour scheme is not subtle, the contrasts in foliage not sufficiently striking, but there's a great deal of joy to be had, coming home to this:


There's also joy to be had in looking more closely at the Granny's bonnets that have come to stay with us, and the forget-me-nots as well. Common, sure, but who doesn't want stars sprinkled where lawn used to be?





4 comments:

Marjorie said...

Wow! That all of the flowers in that pictures came to you--so cool. I've probably already said this, but as I person whose only gardening has been the "lawnwork" kind, I'm marveling at how you're making me see gardening differently...

Janet said...

Mmm, I love it when plants grow of their own accord. We have neighourhood hollyhocks and lots of self sown poppies, nigella and cosmos. Sometimes I help nature a little by mulching with the dried flower heads, but only after I've enjoyed the sculptural seedheads...

Your front garden looks and sounds like one I'd really like.

meggie said...

Oh! They are so beautiful. Thankyou for sharing.
I needed to see this post, s thankyou again!!

blueblue said...

Love the garden jungle...I've been waiting for flowers to self sow in my front yard, but seeing that no one in my street gardens beyond hedges it may not happen soon.