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A partly reclaimed view

In my list of Things to Do in the Garden in 2012 I mentioned that I want to prune some trees in order to reclaim a portion of mountain view. In the heat of summer we have managed to get that done and I am happy with the result.

This is a small corner view as seen from one corner of the entertainment area of our back terrace. It’s a place I love to while away a hot summers day either with a good book or good company. It’s a marvellous spot as the air is always full of bird song, its private and peaceful and the views of the garden and surrounds are lovely.

[one_half]Before: Mountain hidden behind treesBefore: The mountain is hidden behind trees[/one_half]

[one_half_last]After: Trees tidied and removedAfter: Trees tidied and removed[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Now we can see the mountain againNow we can see the mountain again[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And … birds on the wireAnd ... birds on the wire[/one_half_last]

[one_half]In the early evening …In the early evening ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And a zoomed out viewThe broader view (from the couch)[/one_half_last]

I am happy with the result,  I think it looks a whole lot better. I hope you approve!

In other news …the little sunbird that visits me every day almost has all his markings now! (I first wrote about him here when he was a juvenile). Isn’t he gorgeous? He comes every day just after five and does a little show for me in the tree. Then he goes back to the rest of his family who hang out on the other side of the tree, overlooking my neighbour’s garden. It’s been lovely, I’ve watched him mature over the last three weeks.

"My" sunbird

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

8 replies on “A partly reclaimed view”

This is really hard for me to do, but every time I cut stuff back, and then give it some time to recover, its always for the better. I removed an entire southern magnolia from my lot and I’ve never looked back!

What a gorgeous bird, I’ve never seen one like him. He reminds me of a hummingbird with all that flashy colouring. Before and after shots are my favourites, it’s great to see the changes you’ve made and the mountains are nicely framed now in the trees.

Oh my friend, that view of the mountain is amazing. And from that comfy couch on your terraced porch on those lazy summer evenings…… what more can you ask for 🙂

That sunbird is so very special – so amazing that he comes and visits you everyday! Soon he will be looking for a place to nest …..

Good decision on the trees! I suspect that many people go through cycles in the garden: “I want some trees and hedges (or whatever) to give me more privacy”, then several years later “I want to get rid of these trees and regain a view” — I think it’s completely normal and neither way is wrong or right. I have a neighbor who has an exposed deck now that they had to remove a sickly pear tree (the woodchucks loved the fruit that tree dropped!). When I mentioned that they’d probably miss the shade and privacy they said “NO! We want a view back!”. Apparently one of them grew up in the Great Plains where you always had distant views.

Anyway, I wrote more there than I intended to. Don’t get me started on beautiful summertime birds…


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