Wednesday, 8 April 2015

First colours of spring arrive in The Enchanted Forest, A Garden By David Keegan Garden Design

"Further Tales From The Enchanted Forest" 

Pictures from The Forest Garden, (Post 3) May 21st 2015



"The Enchanted Forest" 

Second colours of spring arrive, (Post 2) May 1st 2015

Reflections of Enchantment
A picture of the forest garden taken by Alan as mirrored in his kitchen counter.

A poem borrowed from EE Cummings

[in Just-]

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and




balloonMan          whistles

Cherry blossom abounds 

Drooping pale pink and arching tree fern fronds,
 like some delicious ripple,
 a sunburst, a lightness,
a touch and call to summer,
i cannot but be enchanted.

Fresh fern fronds dangle and dance in the light, 
redolent of some mythical sea creatures.

Who believes in Hobbits and dinosaurs
 things past,
in simple things ,
 magic and spells cast,
 stories and poems,
  glances and suggestion,
Sit a while to ponder.

An unfurling tongue

Name it, but where the beauty then, in such perfect simplicity?

Dangling hearts of purest white.

The Enchanted Forest (Post 1) 8th April 2015

First of a new series of posts from a garden i completed a couple of years back. This is only one part of a very large project, but one of my favorites. My plan for what was a small disused rear garden area, to try and create a space that would eventually feel like a somewhat enchanting place in defiance of its location in the midst of a densely populated urban conurbation, albeit on its own plot and behind high walls and fences. Now, almost 4 years on plants are starting to look established and the tree ferns, which all  cautioned against using, have done better here than any i have seen outside of Devon or Cornwall thanks to a wonderful localised micro climate.The place has been tweaked over the 4 years with additional elements and plants added over the time in what is an organic approach in an attempt to reach a point of harmony, it continues. The aim to follow its progress using mainly pictures from this first spring awakening through to winters rest.
Special thanks to a wonderful client Alan for for keeping the faith and being prepared to continue to invest both time money and patience in the pursuit of an ideal.


  The enchanted forest today

The area as it first appeared

 Times gone by the upper area was little more than a waste ground.

The Enchanted Forest Spring Awakening

 One of the most graceful of ferns Lophosoria quadripinnata  arches above moss covered limestone outcrop, below the first signs of what will be a mass of bluebells.

A truly marvelous and rare Trillium, a somewhat Jurrasic looking plant and flower

 Heavenly Camellia inflorescence creates a colorful backdrop to the forest boundary.

 Spectacular Hellebore's

 The surreal unfurling of Podophyllum pleianthum flower pods and leaves.

Wonderful deep greens of  Polystichmun munitum keeps the interest going year round.

 Arching fronds of Dicksonia Antarctica  add volume and an airy magic to the forest canopy

Nearer The The Forest Floor
The haunting and other worldly beauty of ferns

Dwarf narcissus add colour and cheer to the canopy floor

Unfurling foliage of Dicentra 'King Of Hearts'

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