Garden and Propriety
The ideas that stand behind good gardening art is constantly being violated in cemeteries, the easiest and most common mistake in gardening art is the disregard for propriety. Disregard for propriety refers to plants and designs being added to a setting that are not appropriate. There are many ways to break this rule, but aspect is the easiest to focus on.
Propriety apples to everything in life, there is no way around it. Kennels would not be appropriate for a garden setting, just as you would not place a large garden fountain smack dab in the middle of your living room.
One of the most popular flagrant disregards for propriety comes with the planting of deformed plants and trees. There is a weird interest with these types of plants for people that do not have a lot of experience. Placing these objects as focal point in your garden setting is a truly horrific mistake. Even great taste inside the home will not save the outside of your home. It is common for a small city setting that barely has enough room for one tree, that the tenants will plant a deformed and horrible species of tree. It is always better to plant a tree that is of good stock and beautiful form, as this will look better and grow better as well.
When you take a stroll down the walk that features many homes, take a look at the beautiful parts of the garden, the things to be admired, and then you will notice just how often a plant was used inappropriately or a bad plant choice was made. Choosing the right plants should be determined and studied before you set about creating a garden.
When it comes to creating an ornamental garden setting, using garden statuary, there are six distinct qualities that are involved. These qualities include unity, variety, motive, character, propriety, and finish. These qualities are very important, but not necessarily equal.
Unity is more important than finish for example. A composition may include all six features, but it may not be a positive work because it lacks a finish. Think of it like reading a book, if the book has a bad ending, then it ruins the entire work. But remember, the story, as a whole, is more important than the end.
A finish can refer to several different things. You need a good selection of plants, which are the best of their kind, having no blemishes or issues. The individual plants should always be in proportion to how much they stand out. Anytime you place a plant in a prominent place, it has to be the most perfect of its kind. Placing something in this location that is discolored or blemished will completely ruin the effect.
Plants need to be worth planting, they should be beautiful and exciting, examples of nature’s best work. When growing plants, it is important to take good care of your plants to keep them healthy and growing.
Although every tenet of gardening art is constantly being violated in our cemeteries, the most common and obvious violations are definitely disregard for propriety. This means that the plants and design introduced are not appropriate to the setting. There are many other ways to break this rule, but for now we will focus on this aspect.
Propriety is a universal test. Every individual and every group must submit to it. You wouldn't put a suite of dog kennels in a garden because they are inappropriate to the surroundings, just as you wouldn't put a large outdoor wall fountain in the middle of your living room, even though it is a very beautiful ornament.
Probably one of the worst improprieties is the prominent display of monstrous or deformed plants and trees. Deformity and monstrosity have a strange fascination to uncultured minds. Putting these disfigurements out on display is a red flag of bad taste. It doesn't matter what you have inside the house; good taste won't save you there.
It is funny how the city resident, who usually only has space for a single plant or tree, will choose to plant the specimen with the most blemishes and disfigurements , as though Aesop were better to see than Apollo. The most common example of this is the little weeping tree, where the writhing agonies of one monstrous variety are grafted on the top of some straight, courageous stock for better visibility.
As you pass along a residential street in almost any town, looking for something in the gardens to admire, you will see how often this or that plant was used because it was a freak rather than because it was beautiful or appropriate. It seems that propriety is something that really needs to be studied before starting a garden, because it's obviously not inherent.
There are six distinct artistic qualities, in which any ornamental planting may be good or bad. These are unity, variety, motive, character, propriety and finish. These are all in some degree essential; but they are not equally important.
"Finish" is not quite as important as "unity," for instance. But you need to understand that any sort of an art composition may contain all of these six requirements, but fail to completely satisfy because it lacks a painstaking finish. It's the same idea as with a reading book; a bad ending could ruin the whole story, but the story is more important than the ending.
In gardening, finish means several things. First of all, you need to have a good selection of plants. All the plants employed must be the best of their kind; the minor groups must be good; and the masses must be good. The individual plants must be excellent in proportion to how much they stand out .
If a single specimen of some rare and striking species stands in a prominent place, it needs to be perfect. You can't place something here that has blemishes and discolorations. B esides this, it should have positive excellence to its credit. It should be a plant worth seeing, not merely as a botanical curiosity, but an example of nature's best work.
Good care is required to keep trees thrifty, to keep plants growing vigorously and luxuriantly.