This month’s Condé Nast Traveler magazine arrived a week or so ago. I took a tea break to check out the travel potential—I can dream! But I couldn’t get past the cover. What on earth is WRONG with the cover?
Can you see what is wrong?
It’s not the lovely old villa. It’s not the lovely woman walking toward the bistro table set with a lovely luncheon. It’s not that the villa is in France. It’s not the flowers or the fine day.
Flowers? OH, FLOWERS!
That’s it. All those lovely flowers marring what otherwise would be a perfect lawn.
What is a perfect lawn? It seems that in France lawn with clover—flowers– is perfectly good enough to be put upon the cover of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. That is pretty high end stuff we’re talking about. Why do we here in the US have such a different ideal for what lawn should be? Why do we so vehemently despise clover and other pretty flowers that could make a lawn even more beautiful than it already is?
Would you turn up your nose to lunch on this villa’s lawn? Do you find this photo offensive in any way?
There are lots of good things to like about what clover—in particular— can do for your soil if you let it mingle with your turf grass lawn. See one of my previous articles for more of why clover is a good thing. To quote myself:
“…clover used to be considered acceptable—even desirable—in lawns until chemical manufacturers developed herbicides for broadleaf plants (ones that were considered UNdesirable in lawns). It was too problematic to create a broadleaf plant killer that wouldn’t kill clover, too, so it got lumped into the undesirable class of lawn weeds. It’s unfortunate because clover is such a great plant.”
And white clover is not only cute, but it’s evergreen in our PNW USDA Zone 8. Why do we insist on polluting our watersheds by using tons of fertilizer and herbicide on our lawns to make them a uniform green? Mother Nature did not say this is a good thing. Fish and frogs and salamanders didn’t say this is a good thing.
I wonder if clover lawn can be the new green lawn? You know, like 60 is the new 45—yeah, I just heard THAT on tv. Must be true. A perfectly manicured and chemical-ed turf grass lawn is not sustainable by any stretch of the imagination. Don’t we want to have our grand-kids inherit a clean and healthy earth?
We’re doing a lot of other green things these days to save the planet. I suggest we give a nod back to the olden days and learn to like something new. Do it for your grand-kids. Do it because you really did think the magazine cover above was beautiful.