Bloom (noun): A beautiful process of becoming
(quote from www.buddhagroove.com)
This is the fourth summer developing my outdoor space. With the basics now in place I focused my attention to apply Feng Shui philosophy, while also being considerate of including implements to conserve water and support sustainability.
The enlarged front flower bed has a great visual impact while creating a home to a variety of pollinators. In addition garden decor intermixes beautifully in the array of perennials. As Feng Shui favors symbolism to represent natural elements and emotional attributes, these turtles, peacock and pagodas represent long life, protection and spirituality.
The front dry creek bed is symbolic of a flowing river; this brings the water element into the career zone of the home. The trench of rocks simultaneously creates a temporary basin of water that reduces runoff and holds the water for absorption into the garden bed. This system of watering from the roots up ensures that moisture absorbs well below the surface level. With water collection from the rain barrel, water can either be released into a watering can or directed to fill the dry creek bed.
Last year a large dry creek was installed in the backyard for both aesthetics and to ensure proper drainage. The corner of the house where the creek starts represents the zone of prosperity. While the Feng Shui philosophy encourages water in this zone - water flowing away would symbolize losing prosperity. Therefore I have added this metal barrel, much like a mini rain barrel, to collect water in storms. Alternatively during dry periods the barrel is filled with fresh water and recirculated with the solar powered fountain.
The electrical outdoor lights were stripped of their wires and solar lights inserted. Light is energy all to itself and even when not illuminated the symbolic nature is ever present.
To support sustainability I search out used items. This not only benefits the environment, but is more affordable. The garden statues and decor are all previously loved; garden mulch and many of the perennials were graciously passed on from friends.
And so the season changes. This ever-evolving process of gardening will take on different forms the next few seasons to reveal it’s new self next year.August/September 2022