Do you remember the film Green Card, about a New York horticulturist who marries a Frenchman?
They were virtual strangers and the union was one of convenience. It allowed him to obtain a Green Card and for her to live in a beautiful apartment where the body cooperate demanded residents be married.
Green Card stared Andie MacDowell and Gérard Depardieu.
For me, the real star of the film was the conservatory attached to Andie MacDowell’s apartment.
I can understand why she married a virtual stranger for this apartment and its glorious conservatory.
At the rear of the conservatory was an exquisite Italianate wall fountain.
It was a simple fountain, bordered by an arch of weathered cream bricks and backed with a distressed wall decorated in a checkerboard pattern.
Water fell gently from a modest tap into a shell shaped bowl and then into a small semicircular fishpond. The sound created by its lightly cascading water was tranquil but unobtrusive.
How I covet that fountain, I don’t know how many times I have paused the movie just to have a close look at it.
Sadly, I don’t have a fountain in my garden, but if I did it would be just like the ‘Green Card’ one.
Instead I have made do with a miniature fountain which I have placed in a pot of maidenhair ferns, here is a photo. Look a little similar?
I call it my ‘Green Card Dreaming Garden.’
Maybe one day I will have an Italianate wall fountain but in the mean time I will just have to watch the movie and dream.
I hope the pause button on my remote continues to work.