Inspired by Shrylene's recent post Garden ramblings on a rainy Sunday which then reminded me of a post I read a little while ago from Cyndy Window Views, I spent this morning appreciating the garden views from inside my house.
I started to realise that many of the views are of the bushland, rather than my garden ... like this view from one side of our main bedroom ...
So I realised I will need to put a few things into perspective, before I continue with this post.
My house is situated on the side of a rocky hill. The front of our house, with its long verandah, has a southerly aspect and looks over a large, rather desolate expanse of (for want of a better word) 'grass' onto the surrounding bush.
This grassy area in our front yard separates the house from the surrounding bushland ... important in possible bushfire areas such as ours.
One side of our house is single storey ... to the left of the photo above ... and sits nestled into a wall of rock.
The other side of the house, facing to the east, is double storey ... and the large 'grassy' area continues around to this side ... again to keep some distance from the bush in case of fire.
This side of the house also looks out over the surrounding bushland.
It's also important to note that the property is primarily bedrock covered by a very thin, thin ... and I mean 'thin' ... layer of decomposed granite ... so there isn't a garden view from absolutely every window because most of the property around our house is simply not suitable for creating garden beds ... unless we win big in the Lotto!!!!!!!
Aside from the little garden beds in front of the house, many of the garden areas are located in amongst all those trees you can see in the photo below at the back and side of the house.
So, given all this ... let's take a look at some of the window views.
I'll start with the room I'm sitting in right now ... the study / spare bedroom ... which looks out over the Courtyard Garden through this window ....
Moving over to the Music Room which runs alongside the Dining Room and Lounge ... you get a great view out over the Shadehouse/Greenhouse Garden.
Through the Music Room doors ... those enormous ferns, the Giant Sword Fern in the background, cover a wall of rock.
Glimpses of the Courtyard Garden can also be seen from one side of our main bedroom.
These two garden spaces ... the Courtyard and Shadehouse Gardens ... are the most important garden spaces on my property primarily because they are areas that are constantly viewed upon from various vantage points in our house. They really are the focal point of my gardening endeavours ... the other areas such as the driveway garden beds are rather like the adult children who have left home .... whilst you love them dearly, you don't get to visit them often!