Monday, 11 July 2011

Should houses have a name?

As a child, one of the many houses we lived in, was called, rather grandly "The Camellias".

These days I scoff at homes that come with a name.

But in the early 1970's in England, it was de rigueur and quite the done thing.

My parents were both good gardeners and the camellias that grew with abundance in the front garden of that house were profuse. Admired by our neighbours. Pride of place. Respectable.

And here I am, thousands of miles away across different continents and a different hemisphere, with a garden of my own that has a profusion of camellia.

A huge high hedge of camellia, in variegated colour. Pinks and red.

My children pluck the flowers and leave the petals strewn through their cubby house and across the lawn.

A camelia in bloom is a happy sight, especially at this time of year.

Camellia buds grace my kitchen table in a vase.

I am feeling a little more restful today, as a result.

What makes you feel restful?

Do you think houses should have a name?


  1. I always imagined that we would name our home. We have the 'perfect' name ready to go and everything. But now that we're here... it just seems a bit wanky. Still pondering... I shall pop back and see what others have to say! x

  2. I don't know. It seems it is placed for the estates of old time gorgeousness.

    I have to admit that I wished one day I'd have a beautiful home to call Avonlea. But somehow the fibro house in Sydney's Hills would bring shame on to something so lovely as that name.

    Although that being said, if the home is historical and there is something important about the land surrounding it, and you're a person who likes meaning and appreciates it, I don't think it is wanky at all to incorporate the naming of the home.

  3. I don't think it's wanky, but this is the first time in my life i have ever pondered the question! Why not, I say? A house should feel like a home and if a name helps this then it seems worth doing.

    I feel restful with a bit of music in the late afternoon, especially as the sun is setting. It's very nice...

  4. When I first read this headline, I thought you were going to call your house "John" or something.

  5. I'm from the UK originally, and I remember that both houses I grew up in (one of which my Dad still lives in) had names. The first was called Wisteria (long before Desperate Housewives!) and his current home is called The Homestead. I really like a home that has a name; feels more "homely"/personal.

  6. I think i lean a little bit towards " its wanky " on this one.
    Unless its a beautiful old Federation house ( in my town there is one street that is only Federation homes, all restored, and they each have a name plaque out front ), naming your house comes across as a bit try-hard-y...

  7. Houses here take on the name of the farm they are on. You would just say - "I am going to Glenmore" and everyone would know what you mean - sometimes the houses are distinguished as the "Glenmore Cottage" or the "Glenmore Homestead." Sounds quite odd if you come from somewhere else!

    I love camellias and yours look stunning.

  8. I have never heard of naming one's house, but it seems like an interesting idea.

    I don't know if I'd name my current house, though - we have a hate-dislike relationship.

    Hmm, feeling restful? A cup of coffee in the front sort-of-yard. Yeah. Or a cat curled up against my leg.

  9. I've never named a house. I know boys who name their cars.

    Restful to me is a nice long shower to end the day after a great workout.

  10. Hi Lucy..I think if there is significance in the name then great..if it is just thought of so the house has a name..then its wanky. It doesn't have to be a grand name to count house near us is just called 'Nanna's House' and I smile every time I go past!

  11. The house we live in now has a name. It is on a greened with age brass plague at the main gates. (sounds granter then it is, trust me) It's called Fernglen. And, with a large garden full of perennial borders, box hedge, rhodos and camellias that lead eventually to a creek and native gums and ferns it does suit the house. The house is old, built when decorative arts were all the go, and I like to imagine women in long skirts and men in starched collars here for the Summer. (Most original homes in this area were the weekend/Summer homes of the well to do from Melbourne.
    Anyway... I'm rambling. Yes, some homes do deserve names... they live and breathe with history and ghosts... as for flowers, I have the heady scent of erlicheer daffodils on my kitchen table.

  12. Our house is from the 1930s, and came with a name. I was quite embarrassed to discover this, but it's part of its history so I've come to terms with it.

  13. I like the idea of a house with a name. The Geege and I plan to name our house, we just haven't found the right name yet. Your camellias look gorgeous! x

  14. House names annoy me, I have to say!

    As for the camellias - we're surrounded by them and it's so nice seeing them flower all around at this time of year.

  15. We have a faded wooden plaque on our front wall naming our house Green Gables. Daggy huh! I haven't really noticed it since we bought the house and just had to ask my kids what it said. Must take that down...
    I adore camelias, too hard to grow in the western suburbs of Western Australia! Believe me I have tried.


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