WPC: Living Lines

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Much of our garden’s personality can be defined by the lines.  There are the lines we create and the lines we allow.

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Do we cultivate the formality of lines straight and orderly, or do we invite ever changing curves and organic softness?

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Our plants grow in lines.  Our beds are bordered by lines… or not.  We organize our garden spaces within the confines of a line.

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Lines give us structure.  Woody trunks and branches frame and fixate; divide, fill, support and explode with soft flowers and leaves.

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We recognize our garden’s denizens by the outline of their leaf; the pattern of the life giving veins networking through them.

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At times, the lines of vines overtake and blur the others.  They extend of their own accord, to their own rhythm, geometry and design.

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There is a primal intelligence in these living, breathing, ever exuberant lines as they stretch towards the light, defying gravity and the gardener’s imagination.

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As the season progresses, all of the lines evolve and change.  New lines criss-cross the old.  Lines swell into curves, then shrivel into zig-zagged shrunken shells of  themselves before falling away.

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Our gardens’ lines inspire us even as they define us, ever unfolding, ever new.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018

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For The Daily Post’s
Weekly Photo Challenge:  Lines

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

6 responses to “WPC: Living Lines

  1. Wow..it would appear you are quite successful at woodland gardening..it can be challenging.

    • It is the most challenging place we have ever tried to garden, without question. And our neighbors say much the same thing. There are multiple complicating factors, but success always come backs to the basics: Get the soil right; Right plant, right place; have patience; Love what you do ❤

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  4. Jeanne

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your lines about the lines in nature’s landscape (they’re everywhere, even in families!)… The lavender blue flower is so pretty; what is it?

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