The second quarter, ADAPTATION, is divided from the first by a dead hedge. The quarter represents the kind of planting that might be necessary to adapt to the higher temperatures expected together with bouts of heavy rainfall.
The quarter represents the kind of planting that might be necessary to adapt to the higher temperatures expected together with bouts of heavy rainfall.
The organization of the sectors spins clockwise around the Universal Window Box through a series of adaptations to rising temperatures with more violent rainfall. The crescent-shaped sectors are interrupted by a semicircular focal area occupied by a Garrigue vegetation. These sectors are nominal and not precisely defined as the vegetation can drift across sectors given the broad resilience of many of the plants used. Thus more focus can be put on the visual effects and the play of light, form and texture using plants that will tolerate higher temperatures and occasional heavy bouts of rain.
The Koelreuteria works as a fulcrum in this quarter which is defined by the hedge and the central path. The plants and rocks define the edges of each sector, although there is a general grain of shrubs towards the central path. The Garrigue with its flat stones is focal to the composition.
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