Gaia On A Billowing Cloud of Life

There's a goddess in the garden, reclining on a cloud of flowers:
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The last of my Fling garden visits, to an artist/garden designer's home in the San Francisco Bay area.  A modest street of modest homes.  The garden we were visiting was not the only plant-adorned home on the street.
I looked over the street because there was a bit of a visitor-jam when we first arrived.  
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Next door:
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Across the street:
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The front of the Fling garden was wild with plants, color, and artwork.
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The driveway was full of stuff you'd expect to see at the home of a garden designer.
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Out front there was also a horrifically hacked Liquidambar tree--I would have loved to know the story on that.
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All the bright colors were what struck me first.
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The house was as bright as the flowers.
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The level of detail in the garden was high.  It created an effect like needlepoint.  Looking at the photos long after I left the garden, I saw so many things I missed in person.
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The garden might have appeared haphazard, but it wasn't.  A large ornamental banana created an anchor as a balance to the Goddess statue.
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Design and balance were there--they had to be to balance out all the color.
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 Plants could admire themselves in window glass reflections.
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This added another dimension of wonder--Alices everywhere, considering looking-glasses.
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And not just the plants.  We were all Alice, out of our ordinary world.
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The Yellow-And-Purple Corner, at one side of the homeowner's studio, heavily shaded.  The plutonium-yellow paint lit up the area:
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In the Yellow-And-Purple Corner, this visitor fit right in:
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 Colors, colors everywhere...
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...but not random.  Colors were carefully grouped to create effects.
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Bright, yes--but carefully, if boldly, placed.
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Beyond all the color, to me it seemed a very feminine garden, enveloping, embracing the visitor.  How could one not be joyful?   
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 A weeping conifer (Cupressus macrocarpa 'Conybearii Aurea', possibly) seemed to raise arm-like branches in greeting.
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The homeowner's artwork was everywhere.  I liked the glass table etched with plates and cups and fruit. photo kee7857_zps075645c9.jpg

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Flowers were a constant motif in the art.
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An archway of cast Brugmansia flowers.
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An elaborate arch as gateway
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There was a crayon sculpture in the parkway strip--ironically, it was beige, the only beige to be seen.
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 I liked the chairs on the studio roof.
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Lillies look down at the colorful pavement:Kee photo kee7939_zps131b7496.jpg

By this point in the Fling, I felt like this:
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However, the zest and joy of this garden revived me, and made me feel like Gaia on a billowing cloud of life. 

And that was my Fling adventure. More posts from other bloggers, and more information on the Fling at the link.
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  1. There is a lot going on here -- I like it! What is the artist's name? I'd love to check our more of her work.

    1. Good catch Alan, I updated the post to put links to the artists web site and to the garden fling website. They are in bold print.

  2. Haha, it looks like an interesting, adventurous garden full of colours and ornaments. Nice to watch it, but afterwards closing my eyes to have a rest.

    1. Yes, after the garden, a big hedge of plain green shrubbery looked beautiful!

  3. This is a wonderfully thoughtful post about a garden that I have to admit overwhelmed me to the point of tune-out. I felt much like you did at this point and like that piece of art depicts. There's lots I didn't realize, it did feel too chaotic to me. And...well...I just didn't particularly like the artwork.

  4. You photographed a lot of cool stuff in this living collage of a garden! So much to see! I think that Boris and Natasha would look perfect in this setting, providing a nice infusion of white to this colorful place!

  5. Wow, the color, the color! I love it all especially the cast brugmansia arch.

  6. Nicely done Hoov. Keeylas garden is pretty hectic, but I like how you refined the views in your photos. I have a couple hundred photos taken there over a few visits, and these is so much going on it can be hard to focus.

  7. Such a very creative garden.

    1. Kind of a monument to creativity itself!


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