Garden Design a la HoBB

garden design a la HoBBThe HoBB Gardens are being cultured to provide a peaceful place for both thought and action. We are learning about the “Way of Plants” as we go and enjoying seeds, cuttings, clippings and of course, ‘eatings’.

“The wonderful thing about garden design is that everyone can do it. It doesn’t matter how little you know or how ham-fisted you may think you are, once you start, nature will pitch in too and together you can’t fail to create something beautiful.” (The Late Great ‘Geoff Hamilton’)

With Geoff Hamilton’s words spiriting us on, we got to work on the grassland. When we reached a botanical impasse we did web searches for information and lodged our questions on internet forums and yahoo groups like “Crazy Gardeners”.

We followed the straight and narrow and professed to know nothing about gardening until we got to know a lot more than we ever planned. However, we have been told that the real beauty of the HoBB Gardens has not grown up from any ‘how to do it’ book but from the unique ‘how we’ve done it’ method – watching the way plants cope, and ensuring the gardens are set in context with the surrounding hills.

If you are starting to plan a garden, don’t be too seduced by the ‘instant’ results depicted on some television programmes, as their aim is to produce ‘show gardens’ for the camera. It is worth getting to know your soil through four seasons and studying what grows well on your next door neighbours’ land. No planting mistakes are beyond redemption but it is better to save the plant, and your effort, time, dissappointment and money by planning your planting.

“And if you build a garden that delights the eye and brings joy to the hearts of those who visit, there’s absolutely no doubt that you have created a work of art”

Friends visit the HoBB Gardens to see progress but also to visit ‘their plants’. We are a home from home for plants that have out-grown their city habitats and for many that have been rescued from certain death in skips or dumped on tips. Sadly, with the ease of buying potted plant life comes the disease of letting them die and re-buying – maybe we should start the campaign : ‘A plant is for Life, not just for decor’.

‘A plant is for Life, not just for decor’ – Give unwanted plants a ‘new’ lease of life at The HoBB.
Promote the slogan and follow the action : We can receive most plants – by arragement. Please note we are a temporate zone and 850 foot above sea level in the UK!

There should be a Web Site all about the developing HoBB Gardens
Yes, true! We publish a list of the plants we are eager to find and have received many as gifts. and it would be great to have each located on an interactive online plan – then, as the seasons progress, international visitors to the web site, could see pictures of ‘their’ donated plants developing.

HELP PLEASE [Got the plan – need the inter-activity bit! …. Any software writer / seller willing to donate or help in this respect?]

We could even have links to plant donor, date of planting, name etc ….. so the site visitor can have a permanent link to their gift. Everyone cannot be local and visit the actual HoBB Gardens but we could create ‘Garden Trust Members’ and give out tickets to visit the Real Gardens, by arrangement. Ahhhhh, now that’s the problem with having a creative mind, an overwhelming passion to go that extra mile!

I have designed a few gardens for friends that have interesting sites such as ‘rubble yards with no soil’ , gaps between houses leading to shaded small patios, and flash flood plain gardens rich in food but under the wettest weather each year. I always like a challenge and producing a design for a location that needs very special thought is a wonderful way of learning. If you fancy a cave garden, a botanical grotto or something hanging, sunken or suspended on wires, it’s the sort of project I would really enjoy so tell me all about it!

Waves ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant, bringing Art and Nature together

The Theory of Everything according to Thomas Beddoes … OR

The Theory of Everything according to Thomas Beddoes … OR“Grant is turning out diagrams again to bring human thought into universal line”

Hi all (and everything out there),

“Nature’s polluted / There’s man in every secret corner of her / Doing damned wicked deeds.”

Whilst doing my own damned wicked things in my secret corner of the Universe i.e. setting up a seed composting bin, I was thinking of the ideas of Edwin A. Abbott (Flatland: a romance of many dimensions) and realised that ‘being a seed’ must be a position of great power.

Here I stood, gardening away like some Little Prince with a broom, perhaps playing at power shifting pods of great potential and all it would take is one quantum event and the HoBB Gardens might be thrown into a new magnificent crunch, moments before the dawn of a new ‘whatever’.

At times like this, it helps to contemplate with a cup of tea.

In my way of going about the ‘Theory of Everything’, setting up a separate composting ‘bin’ for all dubious weeds with their roots and seeds – not used as potting compost – was an appropriate thing to do at the time, so I did it. It seems equally appropriate at this very moment to be writing this Web Log.

It feels inappropriate however, and darned right wicked, to leave a trail of destruction in the wake of human ‘progress’ and in our daily wakings create ongoing turbulence. I have in mind that the nineteenth-century poet, Beddoes, felt this way too as he logged his thoughts into poems in order that they might be shared.

I’ve been sharing a few thoughts with the author Jason Cooper, focusing on the overlaps between the mystical and mathematical theory of everything. Jason’s work first came to my notice when he published his graphical representations of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th dimensional states and I’m looking forward (where else!) to his visualisations of the 7th to the 11th – hey, why stop at ten!

The mind is here to move us along the path, and the design of that path is fixed to the drawing board. For plans to work they must be flexible and we all need to learn how to balance our own ways with those of conditioned radicals. I think Elbert Hubbard said “The path of civilization is paved with tin cans” and if we continually allow those that consume the cans’ contents to just shake and move on, Hubbard will remain the last word on the future.

Plato felt that “Mind is ever the ruler of the Universe”.
The power of intent is great but not if every mind intends something completely different! Each of us are seeds and we can sow and say what we think, or remain dormant. But with every one of us our own ‘Head Gardener’, all trying to grow our own way, the World continues to produce mixed borders.

Mixed up seeds can only produce another mixed up crop – a jumble of vegetative strengths all competing for each other’s territories. If we ran our annual seed collections without regard for order, none of our friends would ever want to swap seeds with us.

Let me know if you want a copy of the “Friends of HoBB Gardens seed list”. If you want an unsorted mix of everything and anything – sorry, that’s all for re-cycling into my new seed compost bin.

What? You are still trying to get your head around the graphic above! I wouldn’t bother as there are soooooooooooo many more fun things to do, but if you are curious I can start to explain it in the following way >>

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Oscillating from minimum to maximum whilst balancing all things between all stages applying parallel Dimension but at different loci.

“earth” as one loci.
“earth time” as one Dimension system

Super String Theory is easier for me to grasp by imagining myself as very small and riding on the top of a vast jellyfish as the wave motion
it makes is more natural that the typical ~~~~~~~~

As soon as I ride this Jelly fish it slows down because I see it! It slows down so much that I cannot see it moving because I move with it and it is my world.

When I remove myself I can see that it oscillates.

Physicists and deep (unscientific) thinkers can reach a detached position – they use different ways.

The orange dot on the left of the above diagram is the oscillation at one dimensional moment and the passage of time becomes the rhythm and duration of oscillation.

An inner conscious awareness is in all from human to rock. For a rock, it has a crystalline memory. Memory is nature. Nurture is a consequence of our exploration of memory.

(If you want the extra mile of thought, and then some, contact me for an infinitely extended continuum)

Sending best waves to the World’s power beds ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant