12th Aug 2017
‘The old pond; a frog jumps in – the sound of water’
-Matsuo Basho (17th century Haiku poet)
Haiku poetry, of 3-line verse, is possibly the most widely recognised poetic form in the world.
A Haiku portrays a single moment, image or emotion and possibly the greatest Haiku poet was the above quoted Matsuo Basho. The Japanese gardens at Tully similarly, especially in summer, with its intricate paths, lush foliage and flowing water, creates many such moments, images and emotions for the visitor.
To wander slowly through the garden from the gate of Oblivion to the gate of eternity, is to be transported to a very magical restful place. No brash colours of formal gardens or clipped hedges, but softly meandering paths under a beautiful tree canopy of Maples, Cherries and Pines. Here and there, you’ll find ancient Japanese Larch pruned to create wonderful sculptured features clinging to the side of vertical rocky outcrops, while the soft foliage of Hostas and Ferns form a wonderful undergrowth.
The layout of the garden portrays the human embodiment of the spirit and its journey through this human life from birth to death. All the highs and lows of our human journey are depicted in the garden structures with dark tunnels symbolising ignorance, steep steps indicating struggles and always the flow of water symbolising life itself.
Summer in this wonderful garden is perhaps the most restful season to view it. The vivid colours of the spring flowering Azaleas, Cherries, magnolias and Camellias, have given way to this lush green which will last until the vivid autumn colours of the Maples make their presence felt. Even the garden itself seems to sit back and just relax.