Albrecht o Albert? .122

Il 14 Maggio e' la data della lezione alla Biblioteca Bassani che si aprira' con "La grande zolla" di Durer e si chiudera' con "La grande zolla" di Durer... praticamente stara' ferma davanti a quei ciuffi d'erba alta.

   Vorrei infatti che quei ciuffi d'erba, nell'arco dell'ora a disposizione, diventassero da negletti, normali ed infine una sorta di "la cosa piu' bella del mondo" che si abbia voglia di andare a vedere non appena fuori dalla biblioteca. E trovare quella bellezza ovunque, cosi' che ci si stupisca ovunque.

   E' questione di upbringing -che puo' tradursi: "educazione nei primi anni di vita"- scriveva il 21 Dicembre 1978 il grande Christopher lloyd. E se sei cresciuto correndo tra i fili alti dell'erba, non ne puoi piu' fare a meno per tutta la vita.

   ... Ma io non sono cresciuto tra i fili alti dell'erba... gia'... ma l'ho dimenticato e mi sono appassionato. Deve essere stata l'impressione lasciatami, nelle mie prime passeggiate al bosco di Hampstead Heath, dallo spazio di rispetto di erba alta non falciata lasciato alla base del tronco degli alberi. Era simile all'erba alta non falciata delle fotografie del libro che ho comprato di un tal Piet Oudolf e nel libro visto di questo signor Lloyd e lungo le copertine degli scaffali della libreria Foyles dove tutte le persone si incontravano a condividere la bellezza di quello spazio di rispetto di erba alta non falciata.

   Si tratta di costruire condivisione intorno ad alcuni punti. Fosse anche solo questo punto dell'erba alta a passare, sarei felice.

   Il fatto e' che passera'. Tutti saranno contenti di essersi appassionati nell'arco di un'ora a qualcosa che hanno sempre amato moltissimo, fin dalla prima volta in cui ne avevano visto la fotografia nel libro di storia dell'arte... avevano 13, 14 anni... erano alle scuole medie ed il nome Albrecht era piu' difficile da pronunciare del nome Albert.

1 commento:

  1. "Ah his fingernails, I see they're broken.
    He says: Yes, I just might go to sleep, but kindly leave, leave the future, leave it open.
    He stands where it is steep."
    E' passato il punto dell'erba alta e tutto il resto. Di qui almeno è passato :)

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Ecological Planting Design

Ecological Planting Design

Drifts / Fillers (Matrix) / Natural Dispersion / Intermingling with accents/ Successional Planting / Self seeding
What do these words mean? Some principles of ecological planting design. (from the book: "A New Naturalism" by C. Heatherington, J. Sargeant, Packard Publishing, Chichester)
Selection of the right plants for the specific site.
Real structural plants marked down into the Planting Plan. The other plants put randomly into the matrix: No. of plants per msq of the grid, randomly intermingling (even tall plants). Succession through the year.
Complete perennial weed control.
High planting density. Close planting allows the plants to quickly form a covering to shade out weeds.
Use perennials and grasses creating planting specifications that can be placed almost randomly.
Matrix: layers (successional planting for seasonal interest) of vegetation that make up un intermingling (random-scattering) planting scheme: below the surface, the mat forming plants happy in semi-shade, and the layer of sun-loving perennials.
Plants are placed completely randomly: planting individual plants, groups of two, or grouping plants to give the impression of their having dispersed naturally. Even more with the use of individual emergent plants (singletons) that do not self-seed, dispersed through the planting.
An intricate matrix of small plants underscores simple combinations of larger perennials placed randomly in twos or threes giving the illusion of having seeded from a larger group.
The dispersion effect is maintained and enhanced by the natural rhythm of the grasses that give consistency to the design. They flow round the garden while the taller perennials form visual anchors.
Allow self-seeding (dynamism) using a competitive static plant to prevent self-seeders from taking over: Aruncus to control self-seeding Angelica.
Sustainable plant communities based on selection (plants chosen for their suitability to the soil conditions and matched for their competitiveness) and proportions (balance ephemeral plants with static forms and combinations such as clumpforming perennials that do not need dividing: 20% ephemeral, self-seeding plants, 80% static plants) of the different species, dependent on their flowering season (a smaller numbers of early-flowering perennials, from woodland edges, which will emerge to give a carpet of green in the spring and will be happy in semi-shade later in the year, followed by a larger proportion of the taller-growing perennials which keep their form and seed-heads into the autumn and the winter).
Year-round interest and a naturalistic intermingling of plant forms.
Ecological compatibility in terms of plants suitability to the site and plants competitive ability to mach each other.
Working with seed mixes and randomly planted mixtures.
Perennials laid out in clumps and Stipa tenuissima dotted in the gaps. Over the time the grass forms drifts around the more static perennials and shrublike planting while the verbascum and kniphofia disperse naturally throughout the steppe.
Accents: Select strong, long lasting vertical forms with a good winter seed-heads. Select plants that will not self-seed, unless a natural dispersion model is required.
Planes: if designing a monoculture or with a limited palette, more competitive plants may be selected to prevent seeding of other plants into the group.
Drifts: to create drifts of naturalistic planting that are static in their shape over time use not-naturalizing, not self-seeding, not running plants.
Create naturalistic blocks for the seeding plants to drift around. For the static forms select plants that do not allow the ephemerals to seed into them.
Blocks: use not-naturalizing species, in high densities, in large groups.
Select compatible plants of similar competitiveness to allow for high-density planting (to enable planting at high density in small gardens).
Achieve rhythm by repeating colours and forms over a large-scale planting.