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Started building a small feature Japanese garden


Started building a small feature Japanese garden

It is almost finished and perfect for the dry south facing spot which was hard to plant up. I will be finishing it off with a cane screen attached to the wall and a couple of Bamboos (wanted to put a Japanese acer there but it wouldnt survive),



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Hi again :o) you mentioned each Japanese garden has its own meaning, does this style have a particular meaning?

8 May, 2007

 

The meaning is based on the spirit of zen built around simplicity and naturalness. To the priests, in a dry zen garden, the placement of stones is of high importance and considered a great skill. In a proper Japanese garden the rocks would be placed in groups of 3 or 5, my own simple design in a small space represents the circle of life (hence the circle of rocks round the lantern) and the lantern represents the centre of the universe that makes life, takes life, then recreates life and that the cycle of life should be treated with great love and respect. The whiteness of the dry garden is supposed to invite the gods to visit, which is why they must always be kept clean. The construction of the garden is important based on the spiritual belief that transcends those tangible components. I believe in life after death and that is why mine represents the circle of life where I have tried to put my own heart and soul into it :-)

8 May, 2007

 

The green bit was weeds :-) stinging nettles at that, guess you dont get those down under but Im sure you have lots of other nasties.

28 Jan, 2009



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