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Figure and Ground - a Mid-Terrace Allegory
Here is my garden. It's not much to look at.


I like my apple tree, and I keep the lawn mown (apart from the bit on the left, which is sacred to the memory of guinea pigs past), and this year I've been squirting the aphids out of their hideouts in the honeysuckle buds with a water spray, so I hope to have some honeysuckle soon. But - well, I'm not much of a gardener in truth.

Sometimes, in 70s sitcom fashion, I look over at my next-door neighbours' place. It's a very different kettle of fish.


It's a bit too everything-in-its-place for comfort, perhaps, but it still makes me feel inadequate by contrast. On such occasions I need do no more than look at my other next-door neighbours' garden to feel like the love-child of Capability Brown and Gertrude Jekyll.


(The missing fence, by the way, is theirs. They've been just about to replace it for four months now.)

So here I am in the middle, treading a path of moderation, a bit like a horticultural Nick Clegg, neither as regimented as my left-hand neighbours nor as chaotic as my right-hand neighbours. I might even manage to convince myself that my garden is really the best garden in the best of all possible worlds.

Then I look at it again, and remember that actually it really is a bit shit.

I much prefer right to left, and like the look of yours very much. Pretty tree.

Thank you. I also have a mock orange there in the corner,and a gooseberry bush in a pot, just out of shot. This is the extent of my plantings over 9 years. I've never quite made up my mind what I want, gardenly speaking.

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I tend to agree, though if I were them I couldn't be happy about not repairing the fence between me and my longsuffering neighbour.

All that green! All that space!

I always imagine American gardens to be much bigger - is it not so?

I guess rich people have bigger ones, or they go the other direction around here--wider because we don't go upward. Timber houses. Our patio is about a quarter that size. The front even smaller.

That is hilarious. I think I'm pretty similar - not too neat, not too messy. I love it.