Last fall, when life seemed very *sad, I decided I needed to cast a lifeline into the future and redesigning my lapsed gardens seemed the way to do it.
In rethinking my gardens, I've drawn inspiration from my travels, and from gardens I've seen in books and magazines. Each of my new garden areas will have a governing spirit of place: there'll be the Mediterranean garden, the Normandy garden, the Charleston/Brittany garden, and so on. Though separate, they will be connected in important ways.
It occurred to me today to document the development of these areas in a systematic way, in a separate garden journal.
So, a little late into the process, I've started. I won't reproduce the first pages because they are all text, but I will fill you in on the story over the next while.
*My mother's very fragile health was the source of great sadness last fall. Doctors felt she had weeks to live, six months at the most. The good care she is receiving at her nursing home has miraculously slowed her precipitate decline. Visiting her and caring for her each week, as well as fulfilling other intense family obligations, have for the present cut my studio time by more than 2/3. This is by way of explanation and not to complain. I cherish the time I have with her.
Keeping an illustrated garden journal is one of several things I can do under these circumstances. I am keeping my painting lifeline going and drawing other subjects, too, in the time available.Happy spring to one and all! Or happy autumn to our southern hemispherites!