I’ve been thinking about what a garden is for and will present one idea in each short blog over the next few weeks.
By garden I want to include any space outside your home where something grows. It could be a window box, balcony, pot by the front door or a garden of any size.
Looking outwards from inside.
I think a garden is there to let us sit inside and look outwards, outside of ourselves, both literally and metaphorically. This can help to give a perspective on our worries, especially first thing in the morning. If you can, have your morning cup of coffee looking out of a window. It works for me anyway.
I am very lucky to have some garden front and back and I’ve placed chairs by all the windows so I can sit looking out all the year around.
Here is the view out the front window to the garden between us and the street.
View of the front garden through the window
Here is the view from the back windows
What I look out on every day of the year
So if you’re daunted by what to do with a big garden space you could think about not bothering with the whole garden and that bit down the end where no one ever goes (if you have a long garden). Just have a window box or a pot of something green, something growing, or a bird feeder to look out on just outside your window and help yourself to look outwards into the world.
In my next post I will look at the use of the colour green.