The idiom "the devil is in the detail" refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details and is meant to convey that details are important.
Many a designer would agree, whether gardener, architect, engineer or artist.
While I suppose it was important to a degree in the beds of my Cabbagetown Garden, it was definitely more-so in the woods of the Cottage Garden.
The goal for most of my woodland garden is to exaggerate the natural forest, with more ferns and moss and natural bloomers than one would expect - if one even thinks about it. I would happily forgive any guests who did not think that the space around the driveway was a garden since there are no garden beds, and thought that it 'just happened to be lush'.
In the pic above there are two good examples of how I love to accent my woodland garden.
I have placed moss on a number of the rocks in the garden, including the one on the right, near the top of the pea-gravel path. Rather than making a slurry I have simply placed the moss on the rock. It did not work every time, but where it has worked well I have first put damp earth and then some dead leaves under the moss, so this has meant finding a spot in the rock with a slight depression.
The fern in the crotch of the trees used to live in anonymity in the woods near the cottage and now has a place of honour right beside path where it will be appreciated by passerby.
With time it should grown enough to hide the plugs from the white lights we have running up the trees to illuminate the path at night.
(Don't worry, since this photo was taken the plug has been covered in electrical tape!)
'The Devil is in the Details' will be a repeating theme of this blog, I hope you enjoyed the first one.