Ramblings of a 'New American' Gardener
Although I can see what is clearly designed space through your windows, James, it's the view of woodland trees that gives me a sense of tranquility. I like that they're there, that the 'made' garden disappears. It must give you a feeling of well-being. Sometimes, I feel, overworked/formal gardens are a trap and an obligation to remain on high alert, looking for faults, forgetting to relax. Your house is beautiful too.
Faisal, I can't say enough about how I love being in this house. It's almost like living in a tree (with comforts). You're right about the garden being obscured. You can see it if you stand right at the windows, but usually it's the view of the trees that gives a sense of tranquility and peace. The house is small (small is good) and in a 60s style reminiscent of Japanese design (very wide eaves with exposed support beams that shed the rain and provide shade, for example). For me, it has a temple-like feeling.
I've said before I like your place. I had it down as mid - century moderne which I guess is close. All that visual access to the outdoors is a gem. It dawns on me exactly why the value of winter garden interest is equal to high season as all is permanently on view.
James, if you ever want to sell your home and gardens--or give them away, ahem--let me know? Just getting caught up on your posts from the last week and am in rapture. Makes me want to tear into the on the 4,000 square feet in my backyard and get planting.
James:What a beautiful house! I can fully appreciate the feeling that you feel as though you live in a tree, albeit with the comforts of a house. I love the large windows affording such a wonderful panoramic view of the gardens. You truly have a piece of heaven on Earth. Lucky you! Thanks for sharing!
Barry,Thank you. It's actually a simple shed in structure. Certainly not a grand house. Shows what a good architect can do with a small budget. But, yes, I count my blessings.
Context really is everything. I love the way your home nestles in the clearing, and those huge windows create beautiful pictures. Such a strong sense of place, no mean feat that your garden enhances it.
Ok, this is my second attempt to leave a comment today. One last try. I always love dropping in to visit and so enjoyed seeing your view from inside out...your home is a nature-garden lover's dream and suits you.Thanks for this posting and have a good weekend,Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island
Janet, thank you. I'll admit I prefer sitting and looking out the windows to puttering in the mud. And when I go out to walk around, I find myself obsessively weeding.
Thanks, Sharon. Google's Blogger seems to have had a lot of trouble the last few days. I hope they can keep it running.
Wonderful to have those views framed all year. It does make me realise how important the winter garden is. Blogger ate my last comment by the way!
Sort of like living in a weather station. Wonderful views of the snow, ice and fog. Cozy with a roaring fire. Yes, what is the world coming too? I thought Blogger might not recover and years of posts would be lost.