A view from indoors

As I was sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast -- Monday is the only day of the week that I can do this -- I realized that the view out of the front window from the kitchen is quite nice.


So I decided to show it and the other views of my garden from indoors.



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The now-finished-blooming Hibiscus lasiocarpos makes a nice "background" plant here, as does the green slope of the neighbor's yard:


I like it! Glad I pruned that bamboo in front of the window -- it's the perfect height now!

Turning to the right to look out onto the deck from the kitchen:


What I like best about my garden is the wild strip of common ground behind it. Just wide enough to support trees that create a wall of greenery. (True that a couple of the trees are in my yard, but without the supporting wall behind them the garden would have a very different feel!)

Stepping up to the left part of the door you can see more:


Moving to the living room...


The bamboo and twisted white pine create the backdrop, but the annual vine steals the show. I kept deck plantings to a minimum (although that may change this week as I rearrange some things) so this greenery wrapped around the deck railing is so welcome!

Looking to the right...


The castor beans seem to be larger than ever this year, already reaching almost to the deck railing. Those bananas too -- so tall! It's great catching glimpses of both from indoors!

What I see when sitting on the couch in front of the television:


Just a wall of bamboo! The small birds (hummingbirds, chickadees, flycatchers) fly around this all day long, darting in, emerging unexpectedly. So much fun!

Moving on to the bedroom window, with the driveway below:


The bamboos have leaning culms which I have not yet taken care of -- I like the way that they almost meet from the right and left! Just a sliver of the pond is visible, mainly because I did not plant castor beans at the corner of the driveway this year. I think that was a good choice.

Finally, a view of the walkway garden from my desk (if I turn my head):


I've shown you this part of my yard more than any other this year I think, but it's so nice this year -- probably because I added more big-leaved tropicals.

Do you have any favorite garden views from indoors?


(These views were not planned when I created my garden. I don't have that much foresight!)

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Rock rose  – (August 8, 2016 at 1:38 PM)  

What delightful lushly green views you have. To my mind it is just as important to be able to have views from the inside of the house as the outside.Especially if you are working inside or it is too hot outside.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (August 8, 2016 at 3:13 PM)  

These views are so cool--and *green*. My views are mostly brown. Even what green there is has a yellow tinge, unlike your deep hues.

But at least our heat is a "dry heat," ha ha.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage  – (August 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM)  

The views out or your windows are beautiful. Love your bamboo, castor beans, and banana plants.

outlawgardener  – (August 9, 2016 at 12:31 AM)  

Very nice views from inside your house! Your pictures almost make me want to wash my windows. I leave them dirty so that the birds don't fly into them and hurt themselves not because I'm so lazy:) My favorite view of my garden is from a kitchen window that looks out over the pond so we can watch the fish playing while doing the dishes.

chavliness  – (August 9, 2016 at 12:35 PM)  

Beautiful view! How do you get any work done sitting at your desk with all that beauty so close. I'd be on that gorgeous deck all day! What is that tree featured in the first two pictures on the right-hand side?

Alan  – (August 9, 2016 at 4:32 PM)  

Jenny: Thanks! You have some wonderful views too.

Gerhard: It's been a while since I've been out west, but I remember how shockingly green my garden seemed after even a week in more arid climates.

Susie: Thank you!

Peter: Don't assume that my windows are clean! I also don't wash them often because of birds, and I wish I could see the fish from the house!

Chavliness: The heat and humidity help my productivity. :) The tall spiky tree is my potted Pachypodium lamerei. It adds so much, doesn't it?

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