If you’re like me, you are drawn to the glossy pages of gardening and design magazines such as Garden Design, Fine Gardening, etc. The old classics Southern Living and BHG always feature a residential garden or two in each issue as well. In case you hadn’t noticed, the gardens pictured in these magazines are beautiful, and you could learn a thing or two from studying them.
For example, look out your window right now. Is the view you see resplendent with old world charm? Is it a sublime vision that synthesizes classical European design elements with exotic tropical plants? Let me ask you something. Where is your recessed open-air dining loggia? Your series of outdoor rooms? DO YOU AT LEAST HAVE A FOOTED URN??
That’s okay. If you look at the homeowners in these pictures, clearly they are more gifted and attractive than you and your family. Just take a look at their cute little son, dressed all in white and playing a game of croquet on the lawn. He’s so clean you could eat lunch off of his head. Now look at your son in his juice-stained Elmo t-shirt. Looks like he wandered outside without his pants again and is spitting at the birdfeeder.
You’d better put your magazine down and go get him.