If you haven't noticed by now, I love orange roses. From peach to rust, and everything in between, I have an affinity for orange. But I may be going a bit too far!
This weekend I'm painting my bedroom orange! Ha! It tickles me just to write those words!
Not a sweet peach, and not dayglo orange, but a dark burnt orange. Still, I'm crossing the line.
If I had any intention of ever selling my house, I would not paint any of my walls the color orange! That is just too bold for most people. White, beige, and tan are acceptable. Not orange! But, I don't have any intention of selling, so why not? This color makes me happy, and so I'm going to be bold and brave and courageous.
There's a line in gardening, too. If your realtor says something like, "Nice home, but you need to remove about 100 roses before we put it on the market", you know you've crossed the line. Or if people come to tour your garden and all they can say is "Wow, this must take a lot of work!", or if you build a permanent, unusual garden feature that may not be to other's liking, you have crossed the line.
I've crossed the line in my garden.
But what would Sissinghurst be without its famous White Garden? Or Arley hall without those towering trimmed trees? Or Versailles without its - well, everything! OK, Versailles is way over the line! And I'm not just talking about formal gardens, either. For example, I've seen Starr Gideon Kempf's Sculpture Garden in Colorado Springs, and it crosses the line, too. Big time!
We rarely show our personality in our homes because we're stopped by convention. An orange wall is not conventional. We rarely show our personality in our gardens, either, because we're stopped by this same sense of convention. A lawnless garden is not conventional. It crosses a line. Knot gardens cross a line. Prairie plantings could be considered unconventional. Even clipped hedges may be a line some wouldn't want to cross!
Some think I cross the line with so many roses in my garden, but I don't think that at all. Well, maybe I go up to it, but I don't cross it! I don't spray my roses. And I don't cry over a little blackspot, just like I don't cry over dead daffodil foliage. They are treated like any other plant (well, almost), so I consider them inside the line. Don't argue with me here.
But, I knew I had crossed the line when I started the catenary. It's a feature most would not want to keep.
Like orange walls.
Tell me, have you crossed the line in your garden?