Friday, July 18, 2014

The Sweetest Light Of Summer


Photo courtesy Flickr

The softly raking light of post-solstice shadows has somehow come early to the block. Usually I become aware of the change the first or second week of August. Rampaging construction has radically altered immediate micro-climates and the growth patterns of established plants.

My favorite way to manage the garden is to spend a day in the hammock observing the interaction of plants and sun. Simply spending time outside generates insights about location and form that bring ease and harmony to the landscape. The plants like being tended. They visibly relax when crowding is relieved and a light spray with the hose washes the city off their leaves. That’s all they need at the moment.

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