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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2012 at 8:23pm

Oh no, Steph, these are not my designs or photos. These are garden design ideas I took from garden books. I am looking particularly for geometric designs. There is something satisfying with ratios, a kind of proportion that seems to please human senses.  The Golden Mean, Fibonacci’s Ratio, and the "Rule of Thirds".  

Examples include: 

Golden Mean

Fibonacci’s Ratio

"The Rule of Thirds."

These merely are examples, but the ratios can be found in flowers, plants, the human body, art and photography. If you want more information, just Google "Golden Mean" and "Fibonacci’s Ratio" and "The Rule of Thirds".

Fractals also involve these ratios. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 28, 2012 at 7:34pm
Wow Joan! You made an elaborate map of your garden and landscape! How wonderful!
I see you posted some new garden pics. I will go and check them out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2012 at 7:00pm

Your garden ideas inspire me and your stream of consciousness ideas fits perfectly for creating space that calms and stimulates senses; a perfect way to create something original and unique to each person. I like your ideas, and especially seeing the results you have. 

When I moved onto this 50' x 185' plot 38+ years ago, I turned the thicket in the back yard into a vegetable and fruit garden to feed my family. By 1993 I turned it into a lawn and borders for the coming grandchildren, in 1996 I designed it be a meditation and ritual garden. Now, it is changing back into a meditation garden with edible vegetables and fruits. The garden changes as my life situation changes. I continue to follow basic principles: a large space for full sun, borders with different pH needs, and water needs, there is a wild spot where I feed the birds, squirrels and the occasional skunk and raccoon, and where the neighbor kids and cats love to come. I dedicated this patch of Earth to be a place where cats, cabbages, and kids could grow and become what they were created to become and now I am becoming part of the Earth, not intruding much, just enjoying it and soaking it all up, content with my life's work and leaving behind something of myself. 



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