|Posted by Author on August 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM|
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The photographs of the park have an undeniable allure. Painterly swaths of fuchsia, violet, baby blue, and warm greens spill over gentle seaside slopes. In some shots, the monolithic plantings seem endless, rolling onward towards the horizon.
Image: Shingo Yoshida
Outside of Tokyo, Japan, the Hitachi Seaside Park, is an expansive garden and amusement venue that dramatically marks the seasons with flower petals. Spring is highlighted with yellow daffodils and tulips. Summer months feature first baby blue eyes and later zinnias. Kochias and cosmos mark autumn. Each season's display is put on by literally millions of blooms over meadows spanning over 400 acres.
Image: Shin K.
It is important to notice that -- though the blanket plantings are monocultured and monolithic -- they somehow avoid appearing monotonous. Within almost every photograph, there are darks and lights, warms and cools, and fine variations in color.
To be clear, this garden and its plantings are a spectacle above all else. Single-species meadows are neither natural nor easy to maintain, and the lack of biodiversity offers little to ecosystem health.
Image: Graham Rawle
Hitachi Seaside Park does not list poppies among its annual plantings, but in all likelihood, the first few images of this post brought a certain scene to mind. In one of the most memorable moments of Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz (the 1939 film or the original 1900 children's novel it was based on), Dorothy and her gang encounter a field of poppies. The scene is notable for its vivid beauty, even if the flowers pose a menace to the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog Toto along their journey.
Hitachi Seaside Park must be a spectacular and inspiring landscape to visit, and monolithic planting gestures might be a nice addition to your garden. Just remember, like Dorothy and her band of travelers discovered, you can find too much of a good thing.
Image: W.W. Denslow