We have two sides to our house. The pretty side with a deep garden bed, daphne and camellia plants, crab apples and jasmine.
And the side I call the Dark Side. Our bedroom looks out onto the dark side, and for years it has niggled at me. We have tried to grow plants in pots but nothing seems to take.
Last week I walked past that window and stopped and looked at the outside vista with great distaste. The fence was unpainted, the bamboo we had planted was completely 100% dead, and there was ficus and unmentionable climbing plants from the neighbours garden growing through cracks. All of a sudden I became almost angry. Why can't my view be like this? Neat and happy.
You know when all of a sudden what you have put up with for years is no longer remotely acceptable and must be changed NOW. That is how I felt.
So this is what I did. I went down to Paint Spot and bought a tin of paint in a colour called Lava Stone. Then I stopped into a fantastic shop called Perfect Pieces and bought some wrought iron hanging bits and pieces.
Then I put my son down for a nap and I threw the bamboo out, and with great enthusiasm stripped off all the ficus. Then I in a frenzied fashion painted the wooden fence. Then I hung up my hanging things.
And - snap crackle pop, this is the result. Just as my son woke up!
Not perfect but a massive improvement. Neat and reasonably peaceful. I confess, what you see in the pot is fake plants ('giant sage'!), something I said I would never have in my house. But after 7 years of trying to grow real plants, I was a little bit desperate.
If only I could fit all my activities neatly into nap time.
(Image (1) Martha Stewart)