This is one of my flower beds. It has been over 20 years in the making. In that time, a small tree grew – casting more and more deep shade. The plants that liked sun weren’t so happy about this. Some died – I thought. So I planted others, only to have the dead sometimes reappear (yes, tulips, I’m talking about you and your splashes of red in a bed that once was yellow, blue and purple!)
This year I gave up on order and accepted plant Chaos. Even chaos will take time, though. There are bare spots where some things, like my bleeding hearts, all died this past winter. As George W. Bush said:
What George Bush actually said was “…And, you know, it’ll take time to restore chaos and order – order out of chaos. But we will.” Some media outlets shortened the quote to “It will take time to restore chaos” which triggered the usual crowd to make fun of him – but I think the shortened quote perfectly describes my new gardening mantra.
Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
– Henry Adams –
Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans.
– Terence McKenna –
Chaos is not the lack of order, it is merely the absence of order, that the observer is used to.
– Mamur Mustapha –
All of these photos were altered with Topaz Studio filters.
What say you – which photo is most chaotic?