Seasonal Garden Sculpture: Woodperson Surprise and Hanging Tulips

Recently an old(ish) friend shared this photograph – and so for a change I am not using my own image – of a woodland garden sculpture, from a place in North Devon, England, called Broomhill Sculpture Park. It could be quite a shock to the system if unexpected, but a great example how off-season interest can be introduced into a garden. I will not add any more, except if I knew the artist, I would name them. It is a wonderful photograph too.

Photo: Sharon Murray. Broomhill Sculpture Park.

Photo: Sharon Murray. Broomhill Sculpture Park.

This garden sculpture theme ties in nicely with a current experiment of mine to make moss hanging baskets to provide winter greenery in our locally cool temperate and very wet winter climate. For the hanging baskets, then the plan is for a spring surprise of bright vivid tulips that are hanging high and out of the reach of the deer (who no doubt have also been waiting all winter for their spring candy snacks).

For background, the next photos are of the initial hanging tulips surprise: It was accidental as the bulbs were in-passing shoved into a hanging basket to keep them alive and then forgotten about.  The result should I hope be improved upon this coming spring, with wire baskets and cascading ferny mosses instead of plastic providing the winter interest. The tulip colours planned are also more volcanic.

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Long Nights in the Garden, Winter Sun, and Orchid in a Cup

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There is not much to say regarding verdant garden exploits, as the sun sinks lower on the horizon: upon rising it seems to have trouble climbing into the sky during the day – at least in the northern hemisphere at the latitude of Vancouver Island – resulting in dark cold pockets in the garden for the next several months. However, if you have just rescued your potted plants from outside and put them indoors for shelter, the low sun can penetrate deeper indoors and provide some much needed light.

The good news is that now the bones of the garden, in the form of trees, rocks, and edgings, come into their own and yet another season in the garden arrives. This is also a great time to plan and scheme, as Spring is not far away. In the meantime cold conditions and clear skies are good for pruning many dormant trees – fruit trees especially – and so we can still enjoy some outdoors exercise and bracing fresh air.

Oddly the first snow arrived several days ago (about a month early), so maybe there may be an early Spring too? Myself, I am reminded of the dried shrivelled brown root I rescued, then dumped in a bucket in the garage (plus bark and water), and left alone in weak light. Green leaves appeared, followed 3 or 4 months later by flower buds. Right now it is coming into full bloom. Just like the seasons, life is born anew. Here we go…. what a surprise… (I would welcome a firm identification, email virdigrisgardening@shaw.ca);

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