Saturday, 23 May 2009

NO PLACE LIKE HOME
















Of course, I can go to a billion flower shows, but for me, there's never anything quite like the sight of coming home to my own garden. I am not saying it is brilliant, and I still bemoan the day my eccentric Palestinian neighbour painted her house bright orange in some vague reference to her own sense of 'home', but honestly, my own garden makes me go, 'ahhhh' and feel all warm inside. 

14 comments:

Zoƫ said...

I feel much the same about my own space, a sanctuary, a haven to put the rest of the world behind me and just breathe!

Mark D said...

thats a mighty fine looking garden emma t

Ryan said...

I need an Echium!! Just have no space left.

Ryan

Anonymous said...

when i looked at your picture glamorous and genius never came to mind. Soppy did.

Arabella Sock said...

Your house looks almost identical to mine except you have a wisteria to be proud of draped across it and a bigger front garden.

Comfort yourself that at least it is next door with the coloured house - the worst thing is if it is opposite and you have to look at it all the time. Luckily the houses opposite mine are all now white but it took me a long time to adjust to someone's dayglo green door!

emmat said...

ah, soppy!
The orange house was much oranger to start with. Curiously, she seems to have been inspired by another mediterranean neighbour, the driving instructor from Croatia, who has his house a fairly strident terracotta. I think she thought she had chosen the same colour... and that it was going to make her feel like it was sunny all the time. I don't think even she likes it that much! I am going to persuade her to do it cream next time... I have abit of influence as I signed her application to become a British citizen and am generally referred to as "emma my darling", so I'm hoping she might be swayed.

emmat said...

ps just for clarity and to anyone who missed out, "glamorous? yes!"etc does refer to Dan Pearson. Not me. Does it sound like I was referring to me? I hope not. It was after someone had called him 'soppy', I was on the defensive.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Is orange the new black? Alan T looked pretty orange-y or so I've been told and now your neighbours house as well. The Duch Royal family is called house of Orange, that's probably why I hate that colour so much. ;-)

Your front garden looks divine and you glamorous so it's no use denying it. ;-)

BTW how did your talk go? You were not too nervous I hope.

VP said...

I agree and your garden looks lovely. I see hanging out the window to prune your Wisteria has paid dividends. I got back from Chelsea to find 7 Clematis had come into bloom to welcome me home :)

I hope yesterday went well - Dan Pearson was fab this morning and I bumped into Noel Kingsbury as well!

VP said...

PS DP was promoting his scrummy looking book due out in September. Can we expect a similar national tour from you in the run up to October?

Julia said...

I've just got back from a week in Cornwall looking round some of the great gardens there (Trebah, Heligan, Minack, Lamorran). But nothing compares to sitting in one's own garden surrounded by exactly THE plants you know and love. Tequila helps of course.

patientgardener said...

I love the wisteria - its so nice to see a white one

emmat said...

I'm still not sure about the white. In fact, I'm still not sure about the wisteria - I was at an ill friend's house the other day helping with the garden and I suddenly had terrible climbing rose envy as we walked around the house discussing miss Zepherine Drouin and Mme Alfred Carriere.

After all, what good is a wisteria after may, whereas the roses bloom when you might actually want to have your windows open? I don't think it's a big enough house for both, either, though I'd love to be persuaded otherwise.

VP I would love to do a national tour - at the moment as far as we have got is planning to give out leaflets at dog shows....

Trebah! AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
All my garden influence and memories are from Trelissick and Glendurgan. That's basically what I spend my life trying to make my garden like.

VP said...

Miss Zepharine Drouin is a tad temperamental in my experience. I suspect she doesn't really like where I've put her and is sulking. You have more of a show with your Wisteria in May than I have with my rose over an entire season.