The Dry Garden: Log love

Posted on | June 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

Hackberry and coral tree wood gives loft to a bed with the hummingbird sage and an almost insect-like tendril of Artemisia californica (upper screen left). Photo copyright: Diane Cu / whiteonricecouple.com. Reprinted with permission.

In taking nature apart and putting it back together again in our gardens, we err toward the refined. This is the case with mulch. Nowhere is it written that it has to come chipped, much less in a bag from a store. In fact, there is much to be said for laying it down by the log.

Click here to keep reading today’s Dry Garden column on the beauty and benefit of deadwood in the garden. Or for full listings of dry garden events for June and July, click here.

Diane Cu’s photograph comes from this writer’s garden; on Cu’s first visit she was immediately struck by the texture and form of the deadwood and began photographing it. As might be evident from the banner art, Cu and her husband, Todd Porter, designed this website, where Cu’s photographs figure prominently. For more on their work and Cu’s photographs, go to their website whiteonricecouple.com.

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One Response to “The Dry Garden: Log love”

  1. Georgia
    June 20th, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    Brilliant observation: “In taking nature apart and putting it back together again in our gardens, we err toward the refined.”

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