Happiness as Anarchy #120: Flower Arrangements

The Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France has immaculate gardens, exquisitely designed and carefully maintained, delighting the eye in every direction. In addition there is a prolific flower garden with blooms destined for the château. In every room and corridor there are fascinating flower arrangements, every bit as interesting as the furniture and architecture, adding a living presence to the historic site.

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Happiness as Anarchy #72: Garden Possibilities

I look out on my new back yard and see a myriad of possibilities. I have inherited two large raised veggie boxes replete with greens and herbs – lettuce, rainbow chard, thyme, parsley, rocket, dill, oregano and other leafy greens – but the rest of the garden is really a blank slate. Flat and north facing, there is ample room to plant fruit trees, make pathways and spaces, playing with lines and textures created with living, growing things. I will take inspiration from the fabulous gardens of places like Chenonceau and plant with delusional optimism as my little patch of earth takes shape.

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