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Window Dressing

One of the things about my garden that gives me immense pleasure is the simple act of appreciating the garden from the inside. Like beautiful paintings hanging on a wall, so the garden looks to me through the windows of my home and I appreciate nature’s “art work” every day.

A lot of what I did in my garden in the early stages was about the views from the inside. A carefully planted tree on the outside of the property to provide a green canopy, a creeper up a bland wall to create interest, a flowering shrub strategically placed for colour … Like an unfinished painting standing on an easel waiting for the artist to return to it, I help Mother Nature to paint her beauty on my garden canvases. And so the garden has evolved to provide us with a wonderful ambiance from the inside, looking out.

I thought I would share some of my favourite “window art” with you today. These are the views I see every day when I do something as simple as walk from room A to B, sit at my computer or have a bite to eat. I know, I know, they are far from perfect, but I love my garden, even from the inside (sometimes more so as I don’t see the flaws when I’m not up close and personal).

[one_half]From my office windowFrom my office window[/one_half]

[one_half_last]From the Living RoomFrom the Living Room[/one_half_last]

[one_half]From the dining roomFrom the dining room[/one_half]

[one_half_last]From the other officeFrom the other office window[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Love this viewI love this view[/one_third]

[one_third]A work in progressA work in progress[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Entrance to the back yardEntrance to the back yard[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Crabapple on the patioCrabapple on the patio[/one_third]

[one_third]From a bedroom windowFrom my bedroom window[/one_third]

[one_third_last]More from the bedroomMore from my bedroom[/one_third_last]

[one_third]From the small officeFrom the small office[/one_third]

[one_third]Another bedroom viewAnother bedroom view[/one_third]

[one_third_last]From the guest bedroomFrom the guest bedroom[/one_third_last]

How do you bring your garden inside?

PS: I apologise for the poor photographs – if anyone has any tips on how to take good photographs through windows, I’m all ears!

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 …

9 replies on “Window Dressing”

It is wonderful to have house and gardens that flow together and complement each other so well! I think I would get a little jolt of joy every time I walked from one room to the next. Great job! You are a talented gardener, and you have a very special home.

Don’t apologize about the photographs. Shooting through windows can be tremendously challenging…at least your windows are clean (unlike mine at the moment). It is so important to consider the view when planning a garden. I’m struggling with that at the moment as we redesign our front garden area now our sink hole is repaired. We have distant views we want to preserve, but want to create some closer points of visual interest without obscuring them. It’s proving to be a challenge!

How clever of you to plant deliberately for the view out.

I meant to, but the inherited fruit trees make the guest room view a bit icky with gaps of wall showing. Too hot for creepers as the wall faces north into the worst of the summer sun. But the two sides of the living room have views I could play with.

I like the first one top left, with the pair of trellises.

I just loved this post – so different and we all strive to look out of our window and see something that makes us feel good! I love all your views!! My favourite is the crabapple on the patio:-)

I also love the fact that we can see the garden from every room and it makes it seem as though we are living in a tropical resort. I don’t have plants inside anymore for that reason, because it seems as though the outside is part and parcel of each room.

Love this post! I love looking at my garden though the windows, too. Your views are lovely. They are enticing. I bet you find it hard to stay inside with all that beckoning you to come out and play!

These aren’t bad photos at all! They perfectly illustrate what you wanted them to: the view into your garden.

I think every one of them is a wonderful view, and I love that you have a walled garden. It’s so private!

The only negative is the lack of bamboo. (I’m only half joking — I think you should be looking into what bamboos do well in a pot in your climate and lighting conditions and try to find one.)

I thought the photos worked well Christine but I’ll pop back to see what others more expert have to say! So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the garden keeps you going in your grief – but sometimes it’s just not enough is it. Alison

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