Temporary solutions

new fountain stand-in.The guys wasted no time finding a replacement fountain vase among old Christmas decorations in the barn. Although it’s a perfect fit and we’re all impressed with their quick thinking and ingenuity, it’s not perfect and we’re still madly hoping to get Blithewold’s beautiful original back. It’s sad to think that even if the urn is recovered we might have to keep it under lock and key and find a permanent ersatz solution for our visitors to enjoy outdoors. In my bleaker moments I can imagine a time when all of our valuable objects are hidden away for “safe keeping” and facsimiles are put in their place. Will our experience be diminished or will the fakes become as precious to us as the originals?

(At least the living collections in the gardens will always be the real deal. The moment our tree peonies are replaced with silk stand-ins is the very moment I’ll turn in my hori-hori for a new career in accounting.)

Tree peonies in the Rock GardenPaulownias and a reflection of Herb Robert geraniumsEgret flyby

Gail and I will waste no time this week looking for temporary solutions in the Display Garden. The newest of the beds is a veritable blank slate and we intend to spend the season getting to know it. It will eventually be a mixed garden, full of our favorite shrubs, perennials, tender perennials, annuals and what ever else strikes our fancy from year to year – will we ever become bored with ornamental vegetables? This year though we will fill it full of temporary solutions gleaned from our container bed, our stock of tender perennials, annuals and yes, Lilah, ornamental veggies! Stay tuned for how Gail and I futz with placement in a tabula rasa garden. (At this stage in our process Gail is writing lists and I am daydreaming in technicolor…)

our newest Display Garden bed - a blank canvas ready for planted paint

4 thoughts on “Temporary solutions

  1. The recent theft of your urn is despicable, but the new stand-in does look very nice. I do hope you recover the original. And then you must use it. Hiding it away for safe keeping–though I do see the wisdom in that–is a bit like having a beautiful set of china locked away in a cabinet, never to be used for fear of breaking it. :)

    Nancy, I agree – what’s the point of beautiful things if they can’t be enjoyed? -kris

  2. Wow, that’s a very nice stand-in. What is a tabula rasa garden? (I don’t know, but it’s making me hungry for tabbouleh… *grin*)

    Kim, Tabula rasa is fancy Latin for “blank slate”. It goes hand in hand with the horror vacui or “fear of empty spaces” which that bed also elicits. Another name for that is falafel… -kris

  3. I love that ‘blank slate’! I need to plan a visit in a few weeks to see how it has developed!

    Oh good – I hope I’m around to see you this time! -kris

  4. you’re entirely too educated! i’m really sorry to hear about the fountain. if you have any more copper pieces, i’d suggest nailing them down, or maybe putting a camera up would dissuade people?
    http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/will-copper-stealing-meth-heads-jack-up-the-price-of-your-almonds/

    i learned once that japanese historical structures are typically only a few centuries old. the dominant building materials were wood and paper for so long, and entire structures would be copied to maintain their presence. authenticity is an interesting concept. i also recently learned my grandmother’s engagement ring was pawned a few times when money was tight but never lost completely. i hope your urn returns the same way.

    “Too educated”? I’ve never been called THAT before! That’s very interesting about Japanese structures being made again and again and I too hope we can get our fountain out of hock. I still think the best thing would be a wild pack of dogs to keep the copper junkies off the property. They would keep the deer away too… -kris

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