My Garden

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This is my very overgrown jungle of a garden! I thought I would write a little about it as it provides me with lots of inspiration for textiles.  It has been largely neglected during the last few years as I didn’t have the energy or motivation to deal with it, however this year I have found that my interest has returned and I hope that during the course of this summer I will tidy it up.

I believe that the external world reflects your internal world and I like to think that one’s garden could act as a mirror to one’s spirit.  I think that to grow things, to nurture them and to provide all the necessary conditions for plants to flourish, could indeed help your inner life to grow and prosper too.  A garden at the very least, offers a beautiful and inspiring metaphor for life.

I was speaking to my mother on the phone about gardening and looking out at my green tangle of a backyard, I realised that although it is certainly verdant, there is a lack of bright colour.  I then decided that I really need to plant some flowers that will splash some brightness and celebration on to this predominantly green canvas.  I am thinking of towering plants like delphiniums, hollyhock, foxgloves and lupins as well as smaller flowering plants such as cornflowers and tiny lobelias.

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My first attempt to add some colour was buying this little sunflower, which already has cheered things up with it’s presence on the patio.

I am feeling excited by these ideas of planting things and I don’t really know how I ever lost interest in the first place!  Of course a big part of it is that there will be more source material for textiles experimentation and that is always great fun!

Lourdes x

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