Meditation Garden On A Rainy Day

Garden and Meditation Circle

Garden and Meditation Circle

Seeking Balance

This twenty-foot diameter meditation garden was created years after the patio, French drain, perennial beds and Red Maple were all in place. This accounts for the odd positioning that makes the circle appear to be balancing on top of one corner of the patio.  I have always been satisfied with the design of the labyrinth itself, but never fail to notice the awkward detail of how it is situated.

Garden and Meditation Circle

Garden and Meditation Circle

A smaller circle could have been better integrated to fit among the existing elements of the landscape, but would not have been as functional for my walking meditation. I briefly considered using a square, but found the circle much more compelling.  Although the circle’s placement by necessity is a bit eccentric, the pleasure of having the meditation garden far outweighs the downside and serves as a reminder to me there are many ways to achieve harmony and balance in a garden.

Almanac

Late afternoon, 63F. It has rained off and on during the day and more rain and cool temperatures are forecast throughout the week.

Garden and Meditation Circle

Garden and Meditation Circle

14 thoughts on “Meditation Garden On A Rainy Day

  1. Pauline

    Is it just from upstairs that you notice the placement problems? Both are beautifully done, it would be a shame to disturb either, but if it annoys you then so be it, it will have to be changed!

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  2. Cathy

    I hadn’t noticed the patio corner until you mentioned it, as the eyes go automatically to the circle! I think your view looking down accentuates that, but probably standing at ground level it is quite unobtrusive. Your (very tidy!) garden looks so lush and green!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for your point of view on this Cathy. You’re correct it does stand out more looking down from above. The circle is such a joy to me though I usually notice the odd placement, but don’t linger. Don’t know why it stood out yesterday–hadn’t set out to write about that issue. The garden looks so bare in winter–it’s nice to have it filling out again.

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  3. Christina

    I agree with Cathy, from above your garden looks very, very tidy and neat. As far as Imcan see the only real downside of the position of your meditation circle is that it must be difficult to mow the grass. Christina

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, Christina. I have been working hard to get the garden in shape this year. The mowing is a little tricky but not too bad. Sometimes I think I’d like to get rid of all the grass in the back yard, but it does set off the plantings nicely in the spring. By summer it usually isn’t holding up very well.

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  4. Stepheny Houghtlin

    I am green with envy over this beautiful meditation circle. It is a holy and peaceful addition to this already wonderful garden all created by pmbgarden! This blog reflects her creativity and inspiration to gardeners who come her way. I have walked other circles many times and to think that this one has been created in this small space and with such great results. I take my garden hat off to this special lady who is talented in so many ways.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Stepheny, thanks for the sweet words. I had never walked a labyrinth before building this one, but have visited two others since. Very nice to experience them. You must stop by to see the garden.

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  5. Janet/Plantaliscious

    I think there is something rather special about the placement of the meditation circle itself demonstrating the need to accommodate. Is your patio poured cement edged in brick? If so, it would be hard to tweak the shape and maintain the clean lines. If you took up the grass that forms the triangle between the patio corner and the circle you fill the gap with gravel to match the circle and integrate it more, perhaps add a pot with a gently domed plant or a small reflecting pool, make a feature out of the junction? It would make the grass easier to mow too! Can’t get over how immaculate your garden is, and am looking forward to seeing the planting in the surrounding beds develop as the seasons progress, it looks lovely.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Janet, thanks for your suggestions. You’re right, the patio is poured cement edged in brick and it would be expensive to change it now. Love the idea of a reflecting pool. That would add a nice serenity to the garden.

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