The view from a window:


Okay, here’s the story. When I’m shredding old palm fronds I do it under cover in what used to be a car port attached to the garage. We erected a privacy fence at the front to shield the view from passersby and converted it into a general utility area. Like a lean-to I suppose but as it’s a bit bigger than that perhaps we should call it a lean-three!

Anyway, we have a clothes line under cover, but with a nice breeze, a darts board, folding tables and spare chairs, etc. Like a storage dump but nicer. From under the roof, I can shred away quite happily, sheltered from the rain or hot sun, for a couple of hours. From one side I can look out through the screen to the street, not very interesting but I can spot visitors. Another view is out towards the Chook Nook and I can see what the girls are up to or look at our veggie patch and plan. However, on one long wall, aligned opposite the garage wall, some previous occupant of our house has inserted a small hatch – like a window but without the glass. Looking through the hatch/window I can see our back deck and the garden bed directly in front of that.

The bed has two Gardenias (native to parts of Africa, Asia and some Pacific Islands) which flank the bed. I did have trouble with the leaves turning yellow and dropping off but after applying coffee grounds as recommended by a number of readers that problem seems to have gone away. The plastic pods look a bit unsightly though! We put them in at the same time but the one on the right of the picture is a fair bit smaller than the other one. I think this is because it doesn’t get as much shade from the hot sun as the other one does.

The middle of the bed contains some Allamanda (a native of the Americas but mainly towards the southern parts), Ixora (Asia) Tibotchina (again native to the Americas but formerly known as Lasiandra)

The picture doesn’t really show the true beauty of the Allamanda which continuously delights us with flushes of deep yellow flowers.

The Ixora with its large cluster of tiny orange blooms is a favourite of Mrs. Tug.

We love the large showy purple flowers of the Tiboutchina, Here, in Australia, they are also known as Glory Bushes or Princess Bushes. They come in flushes twice a year. You can just see the last remaining flower from the last flush.

In the fore ground of the photograph you can just see part of a window box I built, complete with some small pots in which I’m growing Zygocactus (Brazil) Still just tiny cuttings at present.

Immediately, to the left in the foreground is the top of a Dracaena (native to Africa, South Asia and some parts of northern Australia. I’m growing this in a pot,

That’s it then with my view of a couple of things.

“All gardening is landscape painting”.                                                                                         Alexander  Pope

Happy gardening.


P.S. I was joking about the plastic pods!




10 thoughts on “The view from a window:

      1. Tree services can dump their chipped debris for free because the recyclery composts it and sells it. However, they will be banned from doing so if caught dumping palm fronds, which do not decompose so readily. Palm fronds are instead disposed of like common trash. It seems like they should be piled separately and allowed to decompose slowly somewhere, but there must be too much of it. We can not burn trash here, although that would make more sense. Palm fronds burn very efficiently.

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