Perhaps, you recall, dear reader, that over three weeks ago (May 14th 2011), I posted an entry titled "I've NEVER seen a billboard lovely as a tree . . " (which you may refer to by clicking here), and, you may recall that an antique sign bearing the word "SODAS", was the subject of that post, and was an item that used to be placed where I now have Lavandula angustifolia, growing in a window box placed inside an old fireplace fixture that has been located in almost every area of my terrace garden over the years, and one which has "housed" an array of plants, including my Ophipogon planiscapus (Black Mondo Grass), and a variety of basil that I've nicknamed Heather's Basil.
You can see how both of these plants can be seen arranged in this "fireplace fixture turned planter", by referring to a previous post, by clicking here.
A variety of Lavandula angustifolia once lived in an area of my terrace garden that is southeast of the location featured in the photograph at the top of this blog entry. At that time, both the Lavandula angustifolia and "SODAS" sign were part of my Halloween decorations, as seen in the photographs posted below which are images that you may recall from an October posting (which you may refer to by clicking here).
I don't miss the "SODAS" sign per se; however, I do miss the privacy it gave me from the folks who live in the building directly north of me whose picture windows face yours truly's urban terrace garden. In a sense, the "SODAS" sign provided an "urban hedge", and the importance of hedges is something which I have discussed when Juan V built me a trellis (from my bamboo stakes) for my honeysuckle vine to have a place to play and grow, as you may recall from a previous posting, "Love thy Neighbor — but Don't Pull Down Your Hedge", and which you can review by clicking here.
Meanwhile, as for my charming Lavandula angustifolia, it is an herb that not only attracts honeybees, but it is a culinary delight; a few facts which I discussed in a posting from last August (2010), that you will find by clicking here. It is worth losing the privacy that the removal of my "SODAS" sign may have cost me — and besides one day my Lavandula angustifolia will grow big and tall. For now, I'll just enjoy watching it grow, and as for the folks in the building north of me, I guess you could say I am performing a community service: I'm sure they'd rather see my charming Lavandula angustifolia, than the back of a metal sign.