bought a long garden fork
dug the ground, made a furrow one inch deep, planted, and watered
Stuck some long twigs in to net a string support…
–Oh! I was looking for an illustration of twine, and googled “string, garden”, but ommitted the comma. This was what I found: string gardens!
These creations are by horticulturist Fedor van der Valk. From inhabitat.com, I found a quotation by him, and a description of his work:
“For a while I wanted to make animated videos with crocheted landscapes which were a kind of 3-dimensional spider web covered in moss and grass” says van der Valk. “The idea was to create bonsai-esque plants. To keep the landscapes really airy, I decided to work with hanging plants.”
“Van der Valk uses a deft crocheting stitch to whip up the “frames,” so to speak, for his round masterpieces. He then impregnates them with different combinations of moss and earth which help the spheres to keep their shape. Some of the string gardens are mere fistfuls and some are massive – all are beautiful.”
Sweet peas growing on strings.
Oh boy, oh boy, this is great. I love the string gardens, but I love the seeds on white blanket (?). Reminds me somehow of Eva Hesse or an early work by Louise Bourgeois. It’s gonna be such fun to follow you and yoiur garden through the season! LOVE!xxxox
I wish I took the photo!
Those string gardens are delightful works of art. And just from leaving out a comma, you found them! It was meant to be, Indira. I must have one of those elephant watering cans now! Part of my springtime experience every year is reading about your gardening. Thank you!
Thank you, Dana. I like hearing from you, always.