How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.
~ Elizabeth Lesser Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
I find it inspiring how often life quotes mirror those of the garden. The cycle of life is never so apparent as in a garden, and perhaps that is why as humans, we see in the garden, a reflection of our failures and triumphs, our most brilliant blossoms and our deepest roots.
For garden Designers Roundtable this month, we are discussing “Transitions”. Merriam-Webster defines transition as; passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another, or a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another. Once again the metaphor for life that is the garden is clear.
Gardens like life, are rife with transition. The designer has many different elements between which he must draw the visitor. With a keen eye and a little imagination, a simple change of space becomes a journey, and time may pass with elegant grace.
Let’s take a look at some examples of these “Transitions”, in the form of journeys, boundaries and time.
In journey ~
In boundary ~
In time ~
How do you mark transition in your garden? I love to hear about it, please leave a comment!
And please stop by and visit with my fellow Rountable bloggers today as they give their impressions of “Transition”.
Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO
Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI
Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT
Mary Gallagher Gray : Black Walnut Dispatch : Washington, D.C.
Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT
David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM