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.
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!)