Taking the Long View

Today I thought I’d focus on views of various parts of the garden, rather than particular plants. I was inspired to do this by a meme hosted by Cathy at Words and Herbs that she calls The Tuesday View. It’s certainly important to step back and consider a garden’s look from the perspective of a little distance.


So let’s get started. Here’s the view from our front door looking out towards the street.

lv 17th aLooking down the path to the front door.

DSC_0774The Driveway Border from the other side of the driveway, or as I like to call it, the Left Bank. The Clematis ‘jackmanii’ is definitely winding down, but still has a few flowers.

DSC_0891Looking up the Driveway Border towards the front door from the sidewalk.



DSC_0902The Sidewalk Border. I’m not showing the Parkway Bed because it’s almost all green at the moment. It will color up in August.

lv 17th cHere’s the Left Bank Bed seen from the sidewalk.

DSC_0890And the view from the other end. I’m not showing the north end of this bed which is mostly full of herbs – that will be the subject of another post.

lv 17th fHere’s the path along the side of the garage to the back garden.

lv 17th iView from the arbor.

lv 17th hView from the steps to the back porch.

DSC_0837And here’s the view from the northeast corner of the back. You can see Rupert the Rooster relaxing on the patio. Hi Rupert!

I don’t think I’ll do these long views every week, but maybe every other week or so. That’s all for now.


52 Comments on “Taking the Long View”

  1. Jason and Judy, this is really a great cottage garden! How many years have you been working on it? (FYI, my daughter has the same sitting gargoyle.) Also, I’m guessing you use one of those moon-shaped edgers to keep the edges so sharp. I’m envious in a good way!

    • We’ve lived here 14 years almost exactly, and I started working on the garden literally the day after we moved in. Yes I have one of those edgers, but the secret of my edging success is a battery-powered weed-whacker. I love my weed-whacker.

  2. I love the orange flowers amongst the greenery and the day lilies. The left bank bed is eye catching. The whole garden looks so lush & green it is very pleasant looking at these photos during our dreary winter. Congrats to you both I’m inspired to share planting again soon.

  3. Really fun post; loved seeing the long views! Your garden looks wonderful! I’m just starting my third garden after moving from my previous one after working 22 years on it. I hope I live long enough so mine looks even half as good as yours!

  4. These long views are marvellous! It helps me place everything. Your back garden is much larger than I had imagined, and the front drive border photographed from the left-hand side is new to me. It all looks wonderful Jason. It must give you and Judy so much pleasure!

  5. Your garden is looking lovely – taking a long view of mine this year made me realize that I don’t have much colour going on in the front yard during the summer other than a few lilies and a small patch of Echinacea. I’ll have to remedy that.

  6. Like everyone else, Jason, I enjoyed seeing the longer views and being able to put the pieces of the garden together into a whole. Stepping back gives a different perspective and photos of the longer views show things the eye probably disregards. The fire hydrant, for instance. Do you notice it in daily life and does it bother you? It’s so well framed in your first photo —
    a ‘borrowed view’ that I think would bug me. But then I have a fire hydrant next to a pond (thanks to insistence from the insurance company) that I never notice anymore.

    • Oh Pat, so funny you would mention the hydrant! Yes, of course, in the photo it makes me crazy! (But not as crazy as the cars I couldn’t edit out.) There’s another shot Jason didn’t use of the front beds, a bit wider angle, and it had a red lily in the Left Bank balancing out the red hydrant on the right – I was laughing about the composition as I took the photo.

      As I said, the cars bother me more. On another day, I wouldn’t have taken the shots with cars in them – but Jason had asked for long views. But in life, as opposed to photography, the eye sees just what it means to see – and my brain totally edits out the hydrant, my sight line stops at the street. The view from the front door is one of my favorites. The porch is up about four steps, and by this time of year, the flowers are towering above me as I stand at the door – I see a world of flowers.

  7. I loved seeing these long views of your great garden. I think about the long view about as much as individual plants in our garden, I think, and am very attuned to “editing” plants that get out of scale in their space. And having just come back after three weeks away, there are a LOT of things like that to notice…

  8. Is that Dicentra foliage still looking green and lush in the fourth photo up from the bottom, labeled “Here’s the path along the side of the garage to the back garden”? Mine always collapses by early-to mid-summer, like a spring ephemeral. It just doesn’t get enough water once our dry season starts, even if I water it. Your garden is looking good, mine looks tired. I realized recently I don’t have enough mid-summer flowers, either.

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