In my previous post “What is a garden for?” I suggested that a garden helps us live our lives outside of ourselves, physically and mentally. You can find that post here.
My second idea is simple. My garden is for looking out onto like watching a slowly changing painting, changing during the day with movement and weather and also changing over the weeks, months and seasons.
Here is my view of the back garden from inside the kitchen, taken on a sunny day this week and then today with the rain.
My view from inside on a sunny day
The view today in the rain
The back garden is a rectangle as wide as the house, that’s about 7 metres and about 13 metres from the window to the back fence covered in ivy. It really is a room outside and I can see every inch of it all at once all the year around. It’s like a stage set I suppose and there are no hidden corners.
So I look out on this and can spend ages just watching the birds feeding, creatures scurrying about or the changes in the weather. It’s very peaceful and makes a change from staring at my phone a few inches from my nose.
View from the kitchen sink
This view from the kitchen sink couldn’t be lovelier. Currently there’s apple blossom confetti on the ground falling like very gentle snow. Andrew O’Brien has written a lovely short post about blossom confetti in his daily blogpost which you can find on Day 127 at his website here. His daily topic is always lovely to receive.
So when it’s too cold or wet to get outside it helps to have a lovely view right outside your window and if you have a big garden you can just ignore the bits you don’t want to see.
Lastly, the view today from the open back door.
Maybe you want to think about what your garden is for and make plans to get it to the best it can be.