movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Tue May 14 2013, 11:53pm | 11 comments
Wisteria-covered cottage in Richmond…
I love cottages… the wisteria, not so much.
Heh. MaryAnn’s dream residence is on the English equivalent of Wisteria Lane.
It’s the perfect season for the flowers right now. The rest of the year they tend to be a bit dull, like rhododendrons.
I have many dream residences. This is but one of them.
like many of the most glorious flowers and trees they do go from splendid to dull — but they’re worth it. and then you have some that go from dull to splendid in the autumn. and they’re even more worth it.
For those of us in the know, they are never dull(Not trying to be pretentious. I’m a professional landscaper and Horticulturist, as well as a ravenous gardener at home, so I think I know my stuff). There can be amazing color in the garden all year long. Spring is just especially special because of that whole messy, cold Winter thing right before it.
Individual plants may go from splendid to dull, but a properly designed and laid out garden space never does. Mine certainly doesn’t. Granted, it took many years, and lots of trial and error, to achieve this, but it can be done.
Wisteria is beautiful. But, from my professional (engineer, dealing w/ leaking things underground) perspective they are very destructive. Their roots are powerful and get into everything. If I planted wisteria, I’d put it against a brick or stone wall that is a fence, not a building’s wall…unless it was a gardening shed or similar.
Walking into my front door every day would remind me life ain’t so bad.
Looks like a home you’d love to cement as “your home” in your visual memory forever.
I thought I was going to see the TARDIS. Kidding! Kidding!
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