Monday, April 14, 2008

Ideas about the Garden

There is a yard behind the house (of course, the coaches had to reverse somewhere!) which we will turn into a garden.

This is from the estate agent's blurb:

It is the view from the opposite end of the future garden towards the house. The modern annexe is on the left. The (fir and beech) trees have been removed in the meantime. As the office for listed buildings put it so aptly, trees like that do not belong in an urban environment. The yard was probably not even used during the relatively brief period as a commercial building save as a dump, as the trees must have been many decades old.

It was described as "big", but it is big only in terms of small-town Renaissance houses and again I got my inspiration from much a bigger and grander, but contemporary (to the house) and nearby source.

The Barockgarten of Schloss Lichtenwalde built between 1730 and 1737 under Friedrich Carl von Watzdorf was just what I was looking for.

Lichtenwalde is about 40 km away from Marienberg.

The general idea about the garden is as follows:

So no flowerbeds or pretense at a lawn. The small size of the place would make a joke out of any such attempt. The current rave about "natural" ponds and "biotopes" may be fine on a large scale (to be honest, I don't think so but chacun à son goût and all that...) but do look in a small place like nothing but a puddle. There will be an architectural brick-built pond with a fountain, with steps so the dogs can have a swim (Jack is passionate about it!) and get out safely, the ground will be covered with light yellowish gravel and plants will be largely confined to terracotta pots. The colours will be whites, reds and, of course, greens of all shades. Symmetry will prevail.

What are the pros?
  • I HATE gardening.
  • Plants DIE in my presence.
  • Plants and gardening work are expensive and this concept will keep both to a minimum.
  • The terriers will dig any traditional garden up in no time and turn it into something akin to a slovenly ploughed field.
  • Plants don't suffer dog urine gracefully.
  • The Baroque/Renaissance ambience is not just ideal for something like that, it ASKS for it.
The cons? None of which I can think.

The space behind the modern annexe is ideal for a dog garden, where they can be uninhibitedly destructive and even left without supervision for a while. I am learning about plants that are poisonous for dogs. Did you know that onions and bulbs are, and very much so? Or grapes? Same with garlic. A lot of things that are not poisonous or even good for humans are for dogs. One lives and learns.

The neighbouring backyards are not all on the same level. For example, the one adjoining the future kennel is on a considerably higher level. However, the sunken position gives it a slightly mysterious or spellbound (for want of a better word) feeling.

More about the trellised arcade later.

2 Comment(s):

Stephen Renico said...

Well, the planting season has started. How's the garden going?

Evil Style Queen said...

Sadly not at all, Stephen. It would be a terrible mistake to start planting now, because the yard is needed for dumping building material etc. The most sensible thing to do is to wait until the house is finished.