Monday, October 14, 2013

NATURAL BEAUTY

 These shots taken at the family cottage on Lake Winnipeg serve to remind me that while gardens can be beautiful, man-made creations certainly do not have a lock on beauty.

We only need look to nature where we can often see a different kind of beauty.
A less manicured and less 'designed' beauty.

One that nonetheless has something to teach us about design - after all, who put those tall grasses in back and that shorter, bright red accent plant in front?

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Sharing with Tuesday Garden Party, Garden Tuesday, Nature Notes & Foliage Follow Up

12 comments:

  1. I smile, you speak as though gardens were an improvement on Nature . . . pure human conceit. I am always mindful to plant where things will grow well, not to a grand design, I also let thins stay where they have seeded on the maxim that "where God sows, it grows". When you work with non-wetting, saline soil in a dry area you soon learn to take any help offered.Companion planting is my way here, I take any help I can get.
    Of course, I could get in truckloads of topsoil and pop in an instant designer garden but where would be the challenge in that??

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    1. Arija,
      I love to take my cues from the garden. While I do not leave every volunteer where it lands I at least try to transplant them and keep them in the garden. If you search for some of my posts on my woodland garden you will see that I really try and build on what nature already has in place - it is a great strategy for locations like that but not for my home where leaving it 'as is' would mean leaving lawn (boo).

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  2. Wonderful photos! Nature shows all his beauty!

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    1. It sure does, especially this time of year, oh, and in the spring too, and let's not forget about summer...

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    1. Thanks Pam, glad you enjoyed it. It really made me want to add some grasses to my own gardens!

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    1. I totally agree Laura; if only I could convey the sense of the warm breeze and crisp clean air too!

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  5. Yes..this is a good reminder and I try not to clean up everything to let any hiding insects stay the winter..beautiful to be able to visit the lake Derek..Thank you for linking into this week's Nature Notes...Michelle

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    1. Thanks for hosting as always Michelle!

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  6. Such lovely images of nature's garden. Thanks for sharing for Foliage Follow-Up, Derek.

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    1. Pam, Thanks for hosting. I love celebrating more than just flowers in the garden.

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