As a landscape architect, I have to take into consideration the requirements as well as the peculiarities of a home owner. I have an interesting client today because he wants a Japanese garden to be designed at the back of his house. He bought the house just last month but did not have much time to look at it. He bought it fully furnished, but is planning to have a minimalist look. He is not Japanese, but he lived in Japan for ten years and has absolutely loved having a Japanese garden. So here I am in his house and about to explore the garden. He wants half of the garden to be indoors or at least partially covered by a roof. I suspect the covered part is for yoga. I can see dark wooden planks for the floor and then it would lead to a Japanese garden with a small pond, where a small foot bridge would go over it. The shrubs will have to be trimmed and the trees trimmed like a topiary. But I noticed something at the corner of the patio, an assortment of potted plants. Quite nice to look at, because they’re all green and have different shapes of the leaves, a mix of succulents and decorative plants. I went for a closer look and realized that a good number at the back part were potted Marijuana plants!
The previous owner was growing Marijuana indoors. What am I supposed to do with it? I know it is legal if it is for medicinal use, but one has to have legal access to it. This clearly is not. I will just have to inform my client and let him decide, and if he wants to throw them away, well, I would keep a pot myself.
It’s actually a reading corner, because there is a small shelf-cum-side table beside the wing chair made of exquisitely woven rattan. And running true to form, there were several books underneath the table; How To Grow Cannabis Book, the Marijuana Growing Guide, and a Cannabis Grow Book. Interesting reads I am sure.
I think a few Japanese lanterns will lend the much wanted ambiance of a serene Japanese garden. I am tempted to get some bamboo plants but I am not sure it would be a good idea. Back in Bangkok, these are favorite haunts of snakes. I know I am in California, but hard habits are difficult to break, and the idea of a snake in this patch of paradise just isn’t appealing. Superstition also follows us Asians wherever we are. I have lived in the US for more than 20 years and I still can’t shake the superstitious beliefs my mother terrorized me with while growing up.
I am already excited at the Japanese sliding doors that would lead from the house to the patio at the back. Rolled up bamboo blinds adorn the patio, to be rolled down when the sun gets too hot for comfort in the summer. Ah, so many things to do, to make this space look beautiful and still maintain a minimalist look.