Thursday, May 15, 2008


Roots balance trees.

Like keels.

You never see carrots flying round the garden in a gale!

After the hurricane, fallen trees became climbing frames.
(Until they were cleared away.)We could see them - immense, sideways mirrors of branches.

Exposed Beech roots are like tough lace.
Roses grow shallow.

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Trees on Pluto are sort of broad-trunked broad beans - or tall, tall clover - with nodules in their roots.
(For fixing nitrogen.)

Plants and bushes thrive in their shade.
(They don't mind that it's dry.)
(Earth's different.)

For Tomorrow


Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Have you ever seen the garden in Britain with the famous stumpery? I've only seen pictures, but it looks so fascinating, roots as sculpture. It always makes me sad to see trees uprooted, but reusing the roots seems like a way to give the poor tree a new life.

Esther Montgomery said...

Thanks for telling me about this.

I hadn't come across the word 'stumpery' before.

I've just had a quick look at Google and found some exhibition stumperies - but not an established one.

Can you remember anything more about the one you know of?

I have a piece of twisted surface-root in my garden which I carried back from some woods nearby.

I'm not sure how many people truly appreciate it apart from me - and it wobbles onto the path from time to time - but I like its shape so much I wouldn't want to festoon it with ferns or any other plant.

You've got me dreaming - wouldn't it be wonderful to have a huge area of old-style parkland scattered with huge old tree roots for people to explore and climb in!


Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I saw the pictures of the garden in the book "1,000 Gardens to See Before You Die." I had checked it out of the library, so I don't have it here at home. On my next trip to the library, I'll see if the book is available & take a look.