Antonio Lopez Garcia is a contemporary Spanish artist considered by many (including Robert Hughes) to be among the greatest living painters. In 1992 he was the subject of a quirky film, in the English version, subtitled The Quince Tree of the Sun.
This little garden room is a round space surrounded by a rosemary hedge allowed to grow tall and unclipped. Originally planned as a space for entertaining, it sat completed, except for the half-installed barbeque, for a decade. The circle of intricately patterned paving was frequented only by ants and weeds making their homes between the bricks.
I saw a quince tree in the clearance corner at the nursery but didn’t buy it. Where would I use it? So much space, so little water – I am done with buying plants that sit unplanted for a lack of planning.
I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I thought of Antonio’s stony courtyard with it’s quince tree. Perhaps I could make a gravelled courtyard? Too costly. Too ambitious. Then, I remembered that I had a courtyard that served, not steak and salad, but bitter disappointment.
A return trip to the nursery – and yes – the quince tree was still there.