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May042010

A Crisis in the Lady Garden

Is the lady of my garden actually a tramp?

When I named my lady garden after the lady's head pot, I never suspected another meaning. But when I posted Sounds I Hear in the Lady Garden, Idiot Gardener's comment opened my innocent eyes. IG, by the way, is my evil twin who lives on the other side of the Big Pond. He also posted on listening to sounds in the garden, though a somewhat different take than mine. If you haven't already, you can read it here.

So, IG has informed me that in his part of the world 'lady garden' refers to a particularly private part of a woman's anatomy!

What am I to do? My future vision of the lady garden is of an enclosed garden room, a formal retreat in the middle of the woods. But how can that be, when I know that all the British Empire is secretly snickering and thinking lewd thoughts?

How should I handle this crisis? Should I rename the lady garden? How about the haven? Or the chimes garden?

On the other hand, I am an American! (and a Deep South Confederate one, at that) Defiance is in my blood. Maybe I should just tell IG to stay out of my lady garden!

What do you think? What should I call this not quite properly formal garden space?

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Reader Comments (16)

How funny!! It is hard to retract a name because we will all know that you will be referring to the :o..... 'Lady Garden". How about... The Garden Where the Statue is Located ?
I don't know, I think I would just leave it the same or maybe someone has a better idea. I enjoyed the laugh!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

You could leave it, after all, the British will always find SOMETHING to tease us Americans about, and everything sounds naughty if you say it right.

OR you could name the lady and call it that; like: "Lady Elaine's Garden"

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylvana

Ha~! I never knew this. I say so what. Makes the name all the more neater when it has a secret and you never really have to tell now do you? A lady never reveals her secrets right?

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertina

Too funny! But I like the name "Lady Garden" and that beautiful container! My husband worked for a U.K.-based company for about 5 years. It seemed every time he crossed the pond, he uttered some word or phrase that got a lot of snickers from the Brits. We all had a good laugh, but I can no longer hear certain words without remembering. Fortunately, I think your site is the only place I've ever heard the words "Lady Garden" uttered.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFloridagirl

Hahaha, so be it! So if beauty is normally in the eye of the beholder, then to your other side of the world it could be in their ears, hahaha! We from neither of the two don't know that. So maybe they are so scandalized. Will they often visit or be repelled? To be or not to be! Let's find out. But that dark planter now looks more silly to me! or rather a tease!

Leave it to your evil twin to come up with this! I would still go with Lady Garden, only you and a few hundred other bloggers know what else it refers too!

I think you should retain the name Lady Garden. Be proud and let the world see your Lady Garden from all angles. Reveal it to us slowly and in tantalising stages. However, refrain from comments such as "my Lady Garden is a little mossy", and for God's sake avoid all references to moistness!

It was the comments that made me laugh, especially the one that started "Nice Lady Garden!"

Of course, it's worth remembering that "Lady Garden" is a polite term, usually used by ladies when discussing their vaginas (with other ladies, of course). No man would use the term, unless he was called Darren and wore a little leather cap!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Idiot Gardener

I think you should retain the name Lady Garden. Be proud and let the world see your Lady Garden from all angles. Reveal it to us slowly and in tantalising stages. However, refrain from comments such as "my Lady Garden is a little mossy", and for God's sake avoid all references to moistness!

It was the comments that made me laugh, especially the one that started "Nice Lady Garden!"

Of course, it's worth remembering that "Lady Garden" is a polite term, usually used by ladies when discussing their vaginas (with other ladies, of course). No man would use the term, unless he was called Darren and wore a little leather cap!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Idiot Gardener

I see IG has been here before me! Deborah when I have read about your lady garden I never thought of what IG was thinking though up in Scotland I've heard someone refer to it as being "her flower". Leave your garden title as it is - I don't think Darren with the leather cap reads over here.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

I must admit when I saw this title I did wonder to myself whether you knew what it meant over here.

To be honest though most things have different meanings (lewd usually) or are double entendre's, one to mention is the American use of the word fanny... here it has the same meaning as the lady garden...

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I think it makes for a funny story, and I would just leave it. Everyone is going to find hidden meanings in things, Every culture has their own language and interpretations. Do what You like. Its your garden. Personally, I liked the name.Nothing personal to IG, I thought his comments were hilarious.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertammy

I love your lady garden, she so beautiful.
And the name "lady garden", it's perfect.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterellada

I had never heard that term used before, but now I must admit it'll be in my mind when I hear "lady garden" again. I think it's funny, and I think you should show your defiance and stick with it :)
Now I want to know who Darren is? :)

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Oh, ROFL!!!!!!!! I lived in England for a spell, and you can't imagine the most innocent of terms over here that become rude and naughty over there. (And, yes, it works both ways of course)

If you'd prefer not to attract giggles from across the pond, you could call it The Goddess Garden.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Personally, and here I will be opposite to everyone else's advice, I'd change the name. Not for anyone but yourself. If you are going to be from now on second guessing every little thing you write about this garden to see how it will be read in Britain, you will go mad. Just IG's comments above give an idea of how it could go. It's not worth it if it means stress. Blogging is supposed to be fun. Pick another name, something you like and go with that. Or give the statue a name as Sylvana suggested. Or name it after your mum...

How about a slight change ... The Lady's Garden.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoene

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