Diane Krys: Artful Gardening

IMG_0681

Some years my backyard patio is chock full of blooming pots and other years I feel like I only need to plant a few for colour. For many summers my plant containers were found objects like vintage kitchen canisters or rusty buckets from my dad’s farm. I’ve even used old metal bedsprings as trellises. Lately, I’ve taken a simplified approach with a few groupings of plain terra cotta planters. My patio is not so different from the interior of my home where I like to change things up.

Our outdoor spaces are another canvas for our creativity and they can evolve over time. My back yard has dramatically changed over the years. When we realized we couldn’t keep up the giant garden we inherited we consoled ourselves with all the great farmer’s markets we could support and went for a “clearing in the woods” look by planting an abundance of hardy, low maintenance trees and shrubs. For a city space my yard might be considered over treed and a little on the wild side but I love how it attracts the birds and makes me feel like I’m living in the country instead of a hop,skip and jump from downtown.

I used to keep thriving raspberry canes in check using discarded black metal store fixtures until our maturing trees obstructed the light and dwindled the raspberry patch.  I enjoyed this black tubular “sculpture”  intertwined with tasty raspberries until our butternut tree grew into it’s full magnificence. We now enjoy it’s waterfall of graceful palmate leaves instead. I find it incredibly beautiful to watch nature take it’s course; the energy and vigour, and the quiet recessions. Gardening is like a call and response dance between nature’s impulses and our own; ever changing and always surprising.

I marvel when we can harmonize with nature and bring our own creativity to the mix. When I travel I love taking photographs of these artful expressions. Here’s a few photos that inspire me from trips I took to our east and west coasts. What’s going on in your garden?

IMG_2188

 

IMG_2187.JPG

 

IMG_2211

 

IMG_2589

 

IMG_2364.JPG - Version 2

 

IMG_2561

IMG_2576

 

 

I’ve launched my new blog on my new website, pop in for a visit if you have a minute!

9 thoughts on “Diane Krys: Artful Gardening

  1. Abby, If you love them then just keep planting! I have great ambitious for my gardening at times but I can’t stay away from the wool long enough!

  2. Thanks Paula! I can’t take any credit for the creative gardening in these photos though. I happened upon these lovely vignettes in my travels so I can’t even attribute them specifically, although the sculpted head and the patio with the big mirrors are from Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island.

  3. A girl after my own heart ………………………….. I love what you have done and as always , your photos are amazing.

Comments are closed.