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Nick’s Corner by Nick Esthus

Nick’s Corner is just that, a corner of the garden which I maintain in The Japanese Garden of Tranquility that includes Seijaku-en, The Nature Photography Garden and The Asian Garden. The Corner serves a refuge for me and provides me with a place to think about gardening. Spring is finally here!!  This last winter was long, cold and wreaked havoc on our tender plants, especially in the newly planted Asian Garden. There are two specimens of Gardenia, Gardenia  jasminoides ‘Daisy’ & G. jasminoides ‘Radicans,' in the very front of the garden that were especially hard hit. The once shimmering emerald foliage now belongs to realm of death and their fragrant white flowers will grace us no more  with their sweet embrace. It is a most depressing sight indeed.  

But, in this gardener’s brain, this untimely departing of such great plants lead to opportunities. Maybe I plant this part of the garden differently. Maybe I replant the Gardenias. Maybe I leave the space void to provide a different view of the garden. What is left is not a dead plant, but rather a living chance to create a new space, a new form, a new feeling in the garden, and this is at the heart of what gardening is all about. It is a prospect, not a problem

Posted by nick esthus at 12:39 PM


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