Thursday, August 10, 2017

Numbers in the Landscaping

Biked the Hart to Montague Bike trail yesterday. Twenty miles on a narrow wedge of foam and support springs; 15 miles in and it felt like the seat fell off and I was ridin the post the rest of the way. You may be saying “what a cupcake”, but it was my first long bike trip of the season; “stupid” would be a more accurate assessment of my unpreparedness.

But I have to say that during that cross-country jaunt I couldn’t help but notice the orderliness of God’s creation to my right and left. Everything had its place, and everything was in its place. Among the grass, trees and ferns was a grouping here, a clump there, a smattering of something next to that; all was in perfect balance with no apparent help from people like you and me.
To distance myself from the conflict between me and the post, I thought about my work and what I do with what is at my disposal, how much I rely on numbers and how they play out in the over all look of what I design.
Granted, the areas you and I are trying to beautify are not as vast as both sides of a 23 mile bike trail, so smaller amounts of plants are used.
Visibly it looks like “3s” and “5s” are good amounts when planting our smaller areas; they have a built in balance to them. Two’s are acceptable when planted behind, or in front of, a larger rock; it seems the rock becomes the third member of that ensemble.
Six appears to be the first respectable “even” number when a grouping of three is trailed by the other three in a gentle curve. And it looks to be that any number after 6 can be its own grouping, no mater what the shape. It doesn’t seem to matter at this point how many you have as long as it fits the area you have assigned it to; case in point the Hart to Montague Bike Trail.

It’s amazing what the mind can find to occupy its self when the other end is in pain and misery.

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