Nan’s subject for the Garden Design Workshop this month has proven to be a bit of a challenge for me: I think I probably have little or close to nothing in my garden that would conventionally be labeled whimsical.
But I am drawn to faces in the garden and have randomly picked up a few over the years which have ended up in the garden. Whimsical? Perhaps not. But they definitely add an essence to my garden. What it is I’m not sure. I’ll let you be the judge of that.
This glass face that I found several years ago landed in one of my garden beds. Although it is visible at this time of year, by the end of the summer part of it will be covered over with plants so that a visitor will have to give more than a quick glance to notice its presence.
The African mask below is another example of faces. I love its wooden, primitive style, with the two faces gazing at me as I walk onto my terrace each morning. Its presence reminds me that if I’m awake and present, I will be able to see the magic and beauty that envelops me throughout each day.
And then there is this African wooden statue of a mother with a child at her breast. A garden is such a nurturing living presence, much like a mother. This mini-statue is a reminder of that for me, and for anyone else who comes to my garden for a visit.
So, maybe whimsy wouldn’t be the word I would use to describe these pieces in my garden. Perhaps spiritual would be a better choice of words. On the other hand, is it possible that a piece can be both spiritual and whimsical? What do you think?