4. Grandma’s Cherished Little Garden

This part of the garden represents a place of joy and happiness for me. It is one of the places I have loved the most, where I spent many light-hearted hours of my time: my grandma’s small winter garden, a place that cheers up and reconciles. Here, I recollected stories from my childhood, intertwined with scents of rosemary and tilia, encased in sweet geometries that are worthy of a labyrinth.

The vision

The hazelnut tree, pruned like a giant octopus, is a monster that crouches from behind a corner, sticking out one of its tentacles, hoping to get to the fountain without being seen. Behind it, a stormy sea of tall bushes slams and shakes in the wind. Four beastly lions come out of the bushes, but if you look closely two of them resemble one of my kitties. Two flying statues move through the wind, a fish and a giant globe, completing the installation while the sun keeps playing with shadows all day long.

Everyone has their own “place of the heart” where old, joyful memories from our childhood come to life – these places are a source of positive energy. What’s yours?

Plants used

Cotoneaster (cotoneaster lacteus)
Graminacea (stipa tenuissima)
Laurel (laurus nobilis)
Fig (ficus carica)
Hazel tree (corylus avellana)
White Hydrangea Quercifolia (hydrangea quercifolia)
Ivy (hedera helix)
Lavender (lavandula officinalis augustifolia)
Linden (tilia cordata)
Marjoram (origanum majorana)
Medlar tree (eriobotrya japonica)
Olive tree (olea europaea)
Palm tree (chamaerops humilis)
Pendulous blackberry Mulberry (morus nigra)
Persimmon (diospyros kaki)
Dwarf Pomegranate (punica granatum nano)
Bengal Rose (rosa bengalensis semperflorens)
Mutabilis Rose (rosa mutabilis chinensis)
Re-flowering Shrub Rose in clusters
Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
Viburnum Tinus
Prostrate Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis prostratus)

Seasonal blooms: begonia, pansé, Narcissus