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« on: June 22, 2005 09:53:53 AM »

i want to make like a zen/ oriental/ indian/ buddist/ something like that garden. there's this bit of land next to my house and it's mostly shade for alot of the day, but i really want to see what i can do with it.
 i would like any landscaping or plant or helpful ideas from anyone.
 i have alot of pots that are adiquite and i have some tables that i could paint but no ideas of how to paint them. i have a bench. i have a fence surrounding two sides of it and the house on another then nothing on the other side. there's possibility there! i know it!!!
and if any one has any ideas of some good plants to put there please tell me.
i am good with plants and gardens... or at least i was. (i haven't done anything in a while)
ya... so help and ideas would be great. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2005 10:26:17 AM »

well then... no help...
ok but w/e
i found some plants that work, but i would like some suggestions on landscaping and such. my plants are in pots and therefore can be moved... so ya, if anyone has any ideas... that'd be great.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2005 01:08:58 PM »

It's hard to give advice for this sort of thing without pictures, but using lots of rocks and moss is the key.  Use pebbles and gravel to build paths and fill in blank spaces, medium sized rocks to delineate beds and large ones for focal points.  Moss is easy to grow if the area is moist.

Some ideas:
http://members.shaw.ca/ministonepaint/miniature%20zen%20garden%201.jpg
http://www.digitizethis.com/journal/2003/images/japanese_tea_garden/tea_zen_rocks_lg.jpg
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2005 05:08:49 PM »

ohhh inspiration!!! i didn't realize it, but that's exactly what i wanted! those pics are great. thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2005 10:12:34 AM »

You mentioned furniture you can paint...Could you paint the bench red?

Or, if you're into keeping it peaceful and serene, how about painting all the furniture grey-blue (mix white, blue and black exterior enamel to get a color you like). Maybe rim the table/bench etc. with gold or silver--just a touch.

Any way to hang lanterns, perhaps along the fence? Or crystals? Windchimes?

Impatiens (white seems like best for your idea) do well in part sun/shade and keep blooming all summer. Dusy miller is another common and easy-to-grow plant--nice silvery leaves.

These aren't true Zen ideas, but can help create a peceful spot.

How about making your own little altar? Combine rocks, shells, wood and whatever's special to you.

Hope it comes out in a way that makes you smile.

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2005 10:51:03 AM »

YES, I AM REALLY INTO THE FENG SHUI / ZEN GADEN IDEA, AND I THINK YOU ARE CHOOSING A RIGHT THEME FOR YOUR GARDEN. MY SUGGESTION WOULD TO GET A BIRD BATH, PAINT IT A CREAMY COLOUR AND PUT WHITE SAND IN IT. SMOOTH THE SAND OUT AND BUY OR MAKE A BAMBOO MINI RAKE. ADD A COUPLE STONES TO YOUR FANCY.
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In addition to rearranging your furniture and accessories to change the flow of Chi in your home, you can improve your Feng Shui with the use of a tool called a Ba-Gua. As far back as Confucius, the Chinese linked a moral order of five virtues -- humanity, righteousness, decorum, wisdom, and good faith -- with the natural order, as symbolized by the five elements -- wood, metal, fire, water and earth. Each of these virtues is represented by an element and associated with a life aspiration (such as career or family), a color and a compass direction, as mapped on the Ba-Gua. Use the Ba-Gua to improve different aspects of your life.


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I hope this helps, and I leave you with a quote by teh 14th Dali Lama...
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