Welcome to The Om Sanctuary

 

THE PROCESS:


STEP 1:

PROPER PRUNING TO CORRECT OLD IMPROPER PRUNING:  The shrubs that were there had been maintained/”pruned” improperly, so the natural graceful structure was destroyed.  Immediately, Florence began to prune them with proper Aesthetic Pruning techniques to reinstated their natural, graceful, healthy habit/ structure.  This is a process that takes a number of pruning to correct, depending on how bad the structure was damaged.


STEP 2:

FINISH DESIGNING WHAT WAS STARTED/ DEVELOP NEW AREAS:  The garden had a basic foundation that needed to be filled in and completed in a number of places, redesigned in some places, and there was areas lurking beyond the main courtyard, that were “waiting” to be developed in their potential.

     The garden needed more plants, color, foilage contrasts, flowers, layers, texture, focal points, wildness, fruit trees (food), sacred sitting areas, statuary, and sustainability.


See BEFORE and AFTER photos of some of this process below: 

 

BEFORE

More Design &

Proper Pruning needed.

   BEFORE Florence                     &                     AFTER Florence

AFTER

Note: the reinstated graceful branching on the Currant and Maple Tree with proper (Aesthetic) Pruning techniques, and the lush design, beautiful whether in bloom or not.  (Picture taken when it was not in bloom.)

AFTER

Note: the reinstated graceful branching on all the plants, done with proper (Aesthetic) Pruning techniques, and the way the area looks “finished”.

BEFORE

Design needed.

Note:  sparse planting, weedy, no fountain section definition.  See below for the 6 bushes (5 lavenders and 1 confetti bush) that used to be by the fountain, but were removed by request of the owner at the time.  I didn’t necessarily agree, but I went with the request.

BEFORE

Homeowner wanted 6 bushes removed.  Okay, done.  Now what?

AFTER

A softer, more colorful border bed, with lots of flowering plants that the bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects are attracted to,

(an insectary garden!) rocks added.


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BEFORE

Bush Removal

IN PROCESS

After Bush removal,

BEFORE

New Design

AFTER

More plants added for color, foliage contrast, rocks, and proper pruning techniques to open the bushes and make them more interesting.

AFTER

More plants were added, rock wall was built up more, and flowers were planted in front of the statue.


BEFORE

statue (Quan Yin), flowering maples


semi-AFTER

statue (Quan Yin), flowering maples

AFTER

Planting finished and new paths put in.

Currant in process.

AFTER

(photo taken from opposite direction)

After mulching/

and BEFORE

new plants, rocks, etc.


semi-AFTER

(zoomed out view)

To finish the area, I planted red tulips in the planters for a spring show, (and red flowering verbena along the path for a summer-fall show, see in the next photo) to contrast with the white flowering bushes and greenery.  This is intentionally a different color scheme than the neighboring zone to make it interesting and give it a different feel.

BEFORE

Note: the shape the currant is in because of improper pruning, lemon tree needs training

AFTER

More flowering plants put in front of the statue, and a new stone path to the bench over to the right.

AFTER

flowering plants added, rocks, etc.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Note: the shape the currant is in due to improper pruning, lemon tree needs training.


AFTER

(A lot!!)

a new flagstone path was put down.

1st BEFORE

DURING


AFTER 1

contrast, and to hold down the fort year round, a river rock border to define/ create a fountain section, and annual plants for seasonal color and always something new!  Also note the new plants I’m adding to start to fill the bordering bed.

AFTER

    Ta da!  Some weeding to clean up the Artmeria (Sea Thrift), new perennials to add foliage


AFTER 2



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BEFORE

More Design & Proper Pruning needed.

Note: that everything is bushy and thus

boring looking, this is due to improper pruning techniques.

BEFORE

Note:  patches of bare ground, boring bushes, bushes, and more bushes.

BEFORE

new plants were added.


BEFORE

Note the shabby path stones.

What difference can a nice stone path make?

    “The Om Sanctuary” is a home property that was intentionally turned into a Garden of Eden/Eatin’ for the residents, a wildlife habitat, and a model of sustainability, under the direction of Florence Schneider, to inspire peace, awe of nature, and a great way to live.  There’s no place like ‘om!  ;-)


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