Thursday, April 10, 2008

I Don't Do Rooms

No, I'm not talking about cleaning.
I mean those so-called garden rooms.

I'm not claustrophobic, I don't think.
But, I am use to wide open spaces. Great big ones. I like the idea of being able to see as far as the eye can see. I'm a fan of 'distance vision'. I'm not talking about defining areas with plants. I think that's cool. I'm talking walled-in, view-destroying, cut-off-from-outside-life rooms.

I don't want to feel walled in, whether it's within a 80' x 80' square or a 10' x 10' circle.
I like the feeling of being able to stand in one spot and survey my entire yard - as far as the eye can see.

I want to be able to take a quick glance at my vegetable garden from my front mailbox, gaze at my 'color points' from my driveway, watch butterflies and hummingbirds dance from flower to flower while sitting at my ponds and see them planting corn across the street while puttering on my patio.

Obviously, I'm in the minority when it comes to this 'room' thing.

If it's taller than my eye line, I don't like it. Don't block my view, man!

I don't care about those 'surprises' around the next corner, or whether I should sit behind this wall of trees with a glass of wine and finger the grape leaves or the one eight feet away with tea and honeysuckle and splashing my fingers in a big assed fountain while the sound of the water echos in the tight space. Why, in God's name, would I want to be in my yard and not be able to see and talk with someone sitting in a separate 'room' ten feet away? I can do that inside my house, thank you very much. And no - those winding paths meandering around fifty feet of evergreens don't 'entice' me to keep going - unless it's to some high point where I can see everything at once.

My yard is outside, just where it's suppose to be. I don't want to go outside into some 'intimate' space. I get intimate with my plants and nature all the time without being walled in. Walls are for houses - trees standing like soldiers and made into walls is just dumb - in my own uneducated opinion.


Gina said...

hey - whats wrong with winding meandering paths??? I have what you are describing right now and it definately has it's benefits which you have already described nicely.

Flighty said...

I'm not one for garden rooms either.
I can see all, or very nearly all, of the plot from wherever I stand on it.
Perhaps we're the ones with good taste! xx

Tina said...

Hiya, Gina!
You sooo do not have what I'm talking about.
You have a nice yard that you can see across without staring into walls of 15 foot evergreens that divide up the space. lol. I don't think you have the room to have the kind of 'rooms' I'm talking about.
I don't have anything against meandering paths - as long as I can see where they go from the beginning and don't have to wind around big, honking, pointless specimens of trees that someone thought were the IN thing to do at the time. I Luuuurve curves! Straight anything just doesn't do it for me.

Hey there, Flighty!
Isn't it great to actually see stuff? So glad I'm not alone! As for me having good taste, erm...I think more than a few might argue with that. lol.

Christine said...

I'm with you, I like to sit on my backporch and be able to see all the way to the end of the property. To look out my kitchen window and see the veggie garden and the chicken coop out past the flower beds.

Tina said...

Hey there, Christine.
Yeah, there's something about 'total views', isn't there?
Maybe we're in the group that just don't like to be boxed in?