"Touch is the first sense to develop in humans and the last to fade away." - Rachel Carson
Welcome to The Senses of Summer: A Tactile Experience, the fourth installment of The Senses of Summer blog series. In this edition, we invite you to indulge in the tactile pleasures that the summer season brings. Prepare to awaken your sense of touch and explore the diverse textures found in the natural world around us.
The Importance of Touch
The sense of touch connects us to the physical world and allows us to experience the wonders of nature firsthand. Engaging with different textures can be both stimulating as well as calming, providing a unique sensory journey.
Exploring Summer's Textures
Take a moment to immerse yourself in the textures of summer. Whether it’s the velvety petals of a flower, the rough texture of tree bark or the soft blades of grass beneath our feet, each texture tells a story. It invites you to connect with nature in a tangible way.
Plants with Intriguing Textures
Summer is undeniably a season of abundance when it comes to plants with interesting textures. Ornamental grasses sway in the breeze, inviting you to run your hands through their silky strands. Fuzzy-leaved plants, like lamb’s ear or sage, provide a velvety touch that is both soothing and captivating.
The Benefits of Engaging with Nature's Textures
Interacting with different plant textures has numerous benefits for our well-being. Touching soft, smooth surfaces can promote relaxation as well as reduce stress, while exploring rough or textured elements can provide sensory stimulation. Engaging with nature’s textures can also foster a deeper connection to the natural world, allowing us to appreciate its intricacies and beauty on a tactile level.
Incorporating Textured Plants
Enhance your sensory experiences by incorporating plants with intriguing textures into your garden or indoor spaces. Create a sensory garden with a mix of smooth, rough, and fuzzy plants, inviting visitors to explore and engage with their tactile qualities. Let your fingertips guide you as you select plants that not only please the eye but also awaken the sense of touch.
Here are a few of Flowerland’s favorite tactile temptations in the landscape:
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) – Soft and velvety, silver-gray leaves offer a soothing and captivating tactile experience in the garden.
Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina) – Its large, fuzzy leaves resemble lamb’s ears, making it an irresistible and comforting plant to touch.
Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) – The tender fronds are highly responsive to touch, earning its name plus adding an interactive experience to the garden.
Wooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) – The fuzzy, wool-like foliage releases a delightful fragrance when touched, offering a sensory treat.
Golden Threadleaf False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’) – Delicate, thread-like golden foliage offers a striking and mesmerizing touch in the landscape.
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) – Its distinctive, feathery foliage has a soft and airy texture, providing a unique and tactile element to the garden.
Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) – Cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark entices touch while also adding visual interest to the landscape.
Water Features – Incorporating water elements such as a small flowing stream, fountain, or water wall offers a soothing and refreshing tactile experience, where visitors can dip their hands and feel the water’s flow and texture.
Remember the Importance of Touch and Texture
Finally, let us not forget the importance of touch in our connection to the natural world. Take the time to immerse yourself in the diverse textures that summer offers. Allow your sense of touch to guide your exploration. Engage with nature’s textures, from the softest petals to the roughest bark. Let them inspire a deeper appreciation for the wonders that surround us.
Stay tuned for the next edition of “The Senses of Summer,” where we’ll dive into the savory and sweet treasures that the summer season brings to our garden.