The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Aftereffects of Subtraction in The Hall With Balls

The Hall with Balls was particularly serene this past week. I always love the round boxwoods dusted with snow. The Cornus officinalis tree can be seen off center in this view and to the far left below.

Several posts ago, I made a decision to remove two upright Junipers. In the process, a granite wall, which can be seen to the left of the steps, was revealed. I am very pleased with the simplicity that resulted.

The  granite post in the Woodland Garden can be seen through the two archways looking particularly beautiful as a focal point calling the eye and the visitor forward.


  1. The stunning way that first view and photo look, it shows a purpose to pruning. It can never look this way in the growing season, yet it is equally good no matter the season.

    "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    1. Thanks, David. In NH, all the attempts at elegant pruning pay in spades, if successful, because the long winter. It is more about subtraction after 22 years in this garden.

  2. The snow brings out the great structure in the garden. Beautiful.



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