Have you ever walked through a nature reserve, along a wild coastline or through a forest and captured a moment where everything before your eyes feels in harmony?
That moment when you stumble across a particular scene which feels in complete balance?
These special places gifted to us from nature are often where I feel the deepest sense of calm and reflection, where I can stop, sit, stare out into the distance, absorbing the different elements that seem to make this place seem perfect.
For a while, I simply stare and for a moment or two, I feel at one with my surroundings. After some time, my eyes begin to wander and I start picking out the individual elements, such as a tree, and reflect upon its form, shape and character. I wonder how old it is and what has determined its particular growth habit. Could I replicate that in a garden?
I continue to analyse the scene, noticing the never ending undulations of the ground, creating mounds and dips flowing everywhere and nowhere. It occurs to me to be seemingly unnatural to have such strict level surfaces in a garden.
The empty spaces between the full spaces allow your eyes to rest and appreciate the full forms of the ground layer. Not to mention the colours, textures, lights and shadows and even smells. I could go on.
In my mind, these places are complete gardens. All the elements are in harmony with one another. They all seem to belong aesthetically and maybe more importantly, in a deeper sense, they belong to this place and to each other.