A garden designer’s job is to create spaces.

As a designer I create planting compositions and combinations.  And lay out planting beds.  And water gardens.  And seating walls.  And patios.  And pergolas.  Yet none of these are primary.  The primary is using all these things to make spaces.  Spaces that are inviting for humans to move through and experience.

And I realize now that this is what is truly –though slowly– coming together here in Timshala..

Yes, it is slow.  And yes, sometimes I find it so frustrating how slowly the garden is coming together.

I’ve been here about two years, and still it doesn’t mostly look the way it should and will.  It is still much too open.  Still not enough flowering plants.

Then recently, while I was whining about it, someone said to me, “Do you remember what it looked like when you started!?”

And I have to admit, I didn’t.

So I looked it up.

This was the blank slate. Mailbox in the snowIMAG0052

This is what it looks like now. Same view.woodland-walk-sept-2016-6-w-pergola-capture

And what I see is SPACES.  The walkways – which were the first thing I put in — take you through the various spaces, from the woodland to the perennial border to the pergola to the patio.  There is now a “there” there.  There wasn’t when I started.

Perhaps some kind person will remind me of this next time you hear me whining about how slow it all is.

The paths are underway

The house is beginning to take shape.  However the weather has made the progress of the house — and therefore the garden — much slower than I had hoped.  Originally my plan (more of a hope actually) was to begin putting in some of the more distant trees and shrubs by now.

But we still don’t have water on the site – well, except for the excessive amounts of rain — so we can’t really sensibly plant anything that I want to live.

What we can do is start to lay out the paths – the strolling paths for a stroll garden.

Most of the paths are going to be Decomposed Granite, an inexpensive and rather informal surface, just right for walking along in a country garden.  It really is crushed stone, sort of sandy or gravelly; and depending on the color you choose it looks like a mixture of sand and soil and feels comfortable and natural, yet is not  muddy.  I plan to make the edges disappear by covering them with overflowing groundcovers, perennials and shrubs so it should be hard to tell where the path ends and the plantings begin.

DG Path Someday it will look like this – a natural walkway curving through the Woodland and the Perennial Border.