THE GOLDEN RATIO AND THE RULE OF THIRDS IN NATURE

NATURE THE BEST ARTIST

Below images were taken in Dublin Botanic Garden in one of the Victorian greenhouses. The succulent plants made me think of the golden ratio, the mathematical formula that creates – everything!

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

THE RULE OF THIRDS

When I was studying design I was thought the number three is the ‘magic’ number. Use no more than three colours if you want to have well designed interior space  (only if you are very creative introduce the 4th colour in very small doses). Use the maximum of 3 typefaces if you are working with typography and keep the same rule when it comes to texture and shape. If you follow the rule your work will look good if not very good.

The Golden Spiral is also based on that magic number. Working space is dived into 1/3 and then the smaller part of it once again is divided into 1/3 and so on so on till eternity. When you join the meeting points with a curvy line it creates the spiral effect.

Our eye is ‘lazy’ does not like to make an effort when reading and sending the information to our brain. Anything that is is well balanced mathematically is also very well designed.

The pattern of the spiral can be used for creating a really well-composed photograph.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

GOLDEN RATIO LIFE BALANCE

ADOBE COLOR WHEEL&SCHEMES

There is an interesting website called Adobe Color. After creating an account you can upload an image and it will pick the most dominating colours out of an image. You can save the selection of colours into your library and share it with other users. The result will show five colours which work very well together, try to choose three out of the five for your project or an idea for further development.

I uploaded few images from the Dublin Botanic Garden to learn a little bit about colour’s combination designed by nature.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

 


 

This should be my last post this year or maybe this season on gardens and plants. I have few other things I would like to write about but first I want to finish the series on gardens, just to close it … for a while at least.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Happy turtle in the pond of Dublin Botanic Garden

 

 

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CACTUS GARDEN IN BARCELONA CITY

Montjuic hillside, Cactus Garden, Barcelona

THE MONTJUIC HILLSIDE, CACTUS GARDEN

Montjuic Mountain is a hillside on the coast of Barcelona city. Today it is one of the top tourist’s attractions with museums, sports venues, gardens and restaurants. There is a good bit of walking on a steep hill, so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water if you decide to visit it.

The Cactus Garden called Jardins de Mossen Costa i Llorbera was designed in 1970 and refurbished 25 years later. The garden specialises in a variety of species from desert, sub-desert and tropical areas. It contains 800 types of cactuses and succulents, some of them are several hundred years old. Access to the garden is free of charge.

Cactuses have plenty of ‘followers’ and I am one of them too. Prickly and undemanding beasts with a great character. Their architectural qualities can make a great statement for any living space. The slow growth makes them even more special.

Cool addition to the garden would be a little gift shop with unusual cactuses and succulents … I was hoping to find one there but unfortunately, there isn’t such a facility.

THE MONTJUIC HILLSIDE VIEW

CACTUSES

PALMS

 

 

BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 3

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017 & my last photographs

This is a mix of different gardens, unfortunately, I did not have a chance to catch their names and the designers. Just to let you know; plants will not look that good if they are planted so close to each other. By nature, they will fight for the territory and access to light, so the stronger, taller plant will take over the little one.

The way there are designed (except the Wall Garden) is just for the show and for the visual aspect of the garden. It is a bit like the IKEA rooms with a perfect colour synchronisation, styling and arrangement of the objects. All clean and tidy but no one lives there, it is just a set to let you be inspired!

Paper flower are designed and created by Queens of Neon.

Enjoy the colours and the ideas!

BLOOM FESTIVAL VLOG

THE WALL GARDEN

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin
The Wall Garden

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

WHITE, RED & PURPLE

PAPER, COLOURS & WOOD

 

 

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BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 2

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

So, I have taken so many photos the day I went to see the Bloom Festival that I will have to spread them in more than two or maybe even three posts.

Taking photographs among such a crowd of people was not ideal, but hey maybe that’s the skill to be quick but good at it. In this post, I would like to feature few gardens with a story and a message behind them that somehow stood out among others.

Living La Vida 120 by Kevin Dennis

Celebrating the ‘oasis moment’ that we search in our lives the garden has an exotic look with a primitive feel and clean lines of contemporary design. I could picture the garden somewhere behind the main house, an area that was used for something else but with time and human activity became a place of retreat. Sort of a playground for grown-ups who love a bit of adventure.

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

 

A World Beyond Walls, Oxfam Ireland, by Niall Maxwell

In the last number of years there are now 63 walls and fences being built mostly in Europe between communities and between countries, says Jim Clarken CEO, Oxfam Ireland.

The World Beyond Walls designed by Niall Maxwell is a communal park with a big wall at the back that has been taken apart. The empty space in the concrete wall has been replaced with a mirror. I did not realise it at first when I was looking at the garden, I thought I was looking at a crowd of people on the other side of the wall.

When we are looking at that wall we see our reflection, so anyone on the other side of the wall is exactly the same as us. Human emotions are the same, no matter where we come from. Who would have thought Donald Trump would inspire such a cool, urban garden! 😀

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls
Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Trócaire at Bloom 2017

The garden is designed to demonstrate the ongoing struggle that many indigenous people are faced with when defending their land. Being an environmental defender in Central America is very dangerous with two people killed every week defending their land, forests and waterways from big international corporations. In 2015, there were 185 murders of people defending their lands, forests and rivers in 16 countries across the world; the deadliest year on record. (click on source)

Trócaire volunteer at the show gave me the background story of the garden; it starts with a very poor soil on which only very resistant plants can grow – this part represents people who have been forced from their land for political and commercial reasons while suffering persecution and human rights abuses.

The inner area contrasts this with a lush oasis, symbolising the sustainable rejuvenation and empowerment made possible through Trócaire support.

The plastic purple panels represent people coming together, the colour is changing depending on the light.

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire
Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Hope you feel inspired! 😀

 

 

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TRANSITION GARDEN, BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017

Bloom best garden award

Bloom Festival is a garden&food festival taking place every year in Phoenix Park (the biggest park in Europe) in Dublin, Ireland. The show is dedicated to the Irish garden designers and the local food producers, it is supported by Bord Bia – Irish Food Board. It’s a very popular festival bringing people from all around Ireland to enjoy the garden design and food from the local food producers.

If you intend to visit it you have to be well prepared, what I mean by that is to have your clothes prepared for all kinds of weather as it changes frequently at this time, comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking to do. Basically, preper yourself the same way as if you were going hiking 😉

Many years ago I had the privilege to work for this year winners (and the winners of previous years) Oliver & Liath Schurmann. I spent a couple of years working with them in their Mount Venus Nursery and ever since became very enthusiastic about plants and gardening, but that’s the effect they had on me 🙂 Before that, I’ve never paid much attention to plants and flowers … gardening was something my mother did.

TRANSITION GARDEN

Is inspired by the couple’s fisherman cottage in Connemara  (the district in western Ireland, facing the Atlantic). Transition garden captures the atmosphere of the district that has influenced so many Irish painters over the years.  Oliver says:  (…) you have the feeling that when the person isn’t living there, well  the storm is just gonna blow it away and the landscape is going to live on.

We created an atmosphere, an atmosphere where the eye travels slowly, wanders through the garden, doesn’t really know where to stop looking. Once we achieve that we feel at home in the garden

And it is true, you just wanted to stay around the garden and meditate without realising it. The relaxing sound of the running stream and the sound of soft wind blowing … it was hypnotising and so peaceful 🙂 I would like to remember how the garden made me feel when I was looking at it, so I can go back to that moment when I need to.

Click for a full interview with Oliver Schurmann and his gardening tips on lighting, perspective and water in the garden in The Independent.

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY

 

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady

THE IRISH TIMES

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

 

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