I am not a typical gardener. In fact, I am not a gardener at all. I am a garden lover. Deebly, soulfully in love with the green scenery, nature and beautiful plants & flowers. I`m not that person who loves to spend hours working in garden and get her hands dirty. I do not have great amount of knowledge how to properly nurture plants and grow new ones. BUT, I am absolutely the person who wants to live in the place of beautiful surroundings! Someone who is making her best to do a little work to be able to fully enjoy her environment. I do enjoy this project, but the truth is that my ultimate goal is to make myself a “work free place” to enjoy my time. A little beautiful garden spot where I can read books, photograph, meditate ..have my cup of coffee and just enjoy and ground myself from busy life.
Then a year ago I saw an article in magazine about beautiful Japanese-inspired wabi-sabi garden and fell in love… I had already thought of making a little forest garden area in front of our sauna cottage and I decided to put these two together. Wabi-sabi resonated with me. I fell in love with the idea behind it. The principles behind it seemed familiar already and was in balance with the way I thought about life already. So, today… a few photos from my project… plants and flowers area still quite small., but my wish is you get inspired by the idea of wabi-sabi and this green scenery.
WHAT IS WABI-SABI?
Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept of aesthetics in which one loves and respects the beauty of unfinished, eternally in-process nature, naturally changing, ever-changing life spectrum. Modesty and imperfection are a part of the beauty. “Nothing lasts. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect.”
wabi-sabi principles at my garden
RULE 1 , Appreciation to the things that exist organically.
My garden is located front of our sauna cottage, back of our yard and was outlined when we wanted to cut down few trees so that sunlight would get better in to the cottage. So we had to move a few stump and that area became my garden. Otherwise i want my garden to blend in with the forest and I want to modify the forest as little as possible. I try to keep all the plants that have already grown there originally. I love lingonberry land and it can peacefully grow around the garden. I have also used quite much rocks from our own yard which we have everywhere. (believe me, you can’t hit a shovel anywhere so it doesn’t hit a rock.) Rocks are one of the basic elements on wabi sabi-inspired/Japanese garden.
RULE 2 , Broken objects are repaired,
cracks are part of life.
I lost another bench from this outdoor furniture group last winter when my man accidentally drive over it when he blowed snow… then I remembered this yard bench that was lying at the far end of the yard and we never really used it. I painted all of these black and here I had a perfect spot for coffee, slow time and friends. I haven’t used almost any money in this project, flea finds are welcome here, old stone pots and other decorations are in search… but needles to say, I am thinking of buying a white umbrella over these furniture.
RULE 3, Finding beauty in imperfection
As I mentioned before that I am not the kind of gardener who loves to put her hands in to the soil … wabi sabi garden is a perfect fit whit me. Weeds here or there makes my garden only more beautiful. Petals that fall, gets to stay. Must say that a forest garden/pine forest provides an environment where weeds don’t grow almost at all. It’s nice to do this Project because it gets blended with nature, no big groundwork is needed ..its tress free gardening, which I like!
I have now planted the firs flowers here; two rhododendrons, make “rock work” and plant two white roses and few other plants that I got from my mother but I can’t remember the names. I will try to keep the colors natural and only plant green or white from now on… if I plant anything more…don`t know yet 🙂 Some kind of fountain or stone water bool and maybe a statue is in my dreams… I am sure this garden lives and grows every summer a little bit, but slowly, naturally…
Hope you liked it, Hannele