A Garden with a View

There are lots of reasons why we choose the houses that we live in…

Location, price, amount of rooms. etc. For my parents the only reason they bought the house they have now lived in for 25 years was the garden.

The house itself is so boring, and the area so nothing-special that the first two times my mum took my dad to look at it he refused to get out of the car. But she knew that if she could get him through the wooden gate squeezed between the house and the garage then he would be sold on it.

And, when he was finally dragged through just to shut her up (believe me – mum wrote the book on nagging!) well, he still didn’t care about the house. But because of the garden, the view and the whole beauty of it, they moved in shortly afterwards.

The house is on the corner plot of an estate so has garden front and side, and the corner bit between. It’s on a slope so the whole area has been landscaped with terraces, steps and feature walls. The edges of the plot are edged with a simple, low fence and beyond it is a steep drop down to a canal in front and a small stream to the side. These slopes are wooded with old natural woodland (oaks, beeches, etc). You can see through the foliage of the trees to the Welsh mountains beyond and all the garden faces to the south so catches all the sun.

It is, truly, quite beautiful. And over time my parents have worked on and extended the house to match. But still, the crowning glory, is the garden.

I love to sit there, in any time of year, and listen to the birdsong and the tap tap of the woodpecker, to watch the squirrels run through the branches. nothing to disturb you except the occasional toot of the steam train from the valley below, or noise of a holiday canal boat chugg chugging past.

My parents have provided many places to sit, as they know there is so much to look at and enjoy depending on your mood. Whether it’s on the wooden terrace among the fragrant rose garden, on the stone patio next to the rambling water feature with the swamp and wetland foliage, or perhaps next to the house looking out towards the trees.

Each spot is perfect and gets it’s different times of sun and shade, depending on your preference.

So lovely.

In contrast, one reason why we did not choose the house we now live in is the garden. No matter where you sit you have the view of weeds growing in glory among broken patio slabs and gravel, fences leaning and failing all around, trees hung with dying branches and the odd abandoned child’s toy or two (or ten!)

So, if you want something pretty to look at then you need some kind of screen to block out reality (or else rest outside with your eyes shut and a good imagination).

Here’s another extract from my review article on accessories for the garden…

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Beach View Patio Backdrop

There is nothing to ruin a lovely relaxing outdoor meal than looking at a stone wall, a pile of garden debris or any other outdoor disaster zone. This backdrop screen is made to conceal it all from view and replace it with a more tranquil alternative.

Instead of spending time and effort erecting some type of trellis, and then growing plants up it, you can now obscure your garden eye-sores by simply erecting a poly-mesh printed screen over the disaster area.

This review is for a pre-printed screen approximately 12 foot by 9 foot in size. The screen has grommets at 2 foot intervals so you can attach it to a wall, fence or onto posts. This, then, obscures any ugly or undesirable garden features and replaces them with a more tranquil and peaceful view.

This particular screen is printed with a beach scene. Other designs are available so there will be something to suit most tastes. The screens are treated to be weather proof and fade resistant.

For me though, I think I would spend my time looking not at the tranquil picture of the screen, but wondering what it was hiding. This screen could also be a problem to those with poorer vision when they decide to wander down the ‘garden’ or ‘to the beach’ and end up walking into a wall instead!

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I’m now off to look at photographs of other people’s gardens for inspiration.

Bye for now

Alison

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