Window Gardening.

These last few days have brought miserable weather, cloudy on the best days and strong winds and heavy rains on others. We have reacted differently, Mary and I; she frustrated by the lack of opportunity to be outside and busy in the garden and I with my mind somewhat consoled that I am prevented from going out for I could not go out anyway as I am recovering after a hip-replacement operation.

Mary has taken photographs to show me plants that I am thinking of especially – I was delighted to see her photograph of Trillium chloropetalum ‘Bob Gordon’, a yellow form of this species which came from Bob’s garden and came to me, very kindly, via a common friend. It is a treasure, a plant of great beauty and wonderful connections, and very special to me.

My only other access to the gardens is the views I have from the house windows. The physiotherapist in the hospital advised several short walks during the day and I use these to look out to see all I can of the garden – my “Window Gardening.”

Join me on a tour, via the windows:

View from bedroom window
As I lie in bed, this is my view. There is a pond in the left foreground with a yucca and white-flowered Daphne mezereum on the right. That daphne arose as a seedling quite a few years back and we left it where it had grown. Its flowers last for ages. There is an open area of grass running to the right – it is straight out from our living room window – and beyond the yew hedge there is a vegetable patch, hen run and garden shed. The trees behind the garden shed are Acer negundo which were grown from seed sent, twenty years or so ago,  by a friend in the USA. The trees to the left are native ash. 
Raised bed Yucca Daphne mezereum Album
The yucca and the daphne, mentioned above, with a raised bed in the foreground. That tatty foliage is of a number of  Iris unguicularis cultivars which enjoy the sunniest of positions and the poorest and best draining of soils. There are daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs to appear later in the year. 
Magnolia stellata view from window (1)
From the living room window – steps up to the pond, which is surrounded by clumps of dieramas for summer colour. Magnolia stellata is in flower and this seems to be an especially good year for magnolias which are both early and escaping from frosts which, in other years, regularly spoil the flowers. 

 

Magnolia stellata view from window (3)
The flowers on Magnolia stellata
Primulas outside kitchen window
This grouping of primulas are outside the kitchen window. Primula juliae on the left and Primula vulgaris, our native primrose, on the right. A seedling between these two arose a few years ago and I have built it up in numbers in another part of the garden. 
Magnolia soulangeana
This Magnolia soulangeana must surely be about thirty five years old and has made a good size in those years but I can only catch a glimpse of it from the dining room window. 
View from dining room window
Looking to the front of the house, one of the small front lawns, and across the road to the river beyond. The Irish yew on the left was flattened by the heavy snow of February 2018 and I reduced it in height by about two metres and then wired the lower part to bring it together again. The small tree on the right is Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ which has a nice layered habit – though this must be maintained by once-a-year pruning. 
Muscari armeniacum
Muscari armeniacum under the cornus – an attractive colour though they self-seed about very freely.
Hellebore very dark
An attractive very dark flowered hellebore which we bought on a visit to Ashford Nurseries in England some years back. It continues to be a favourite with us. 
Cock pheasant
King of the Patch – the resident cock pheasant strolls around as though he owns the place. 
Birds on feeders
Birds on the bird feeder always attract the eye – Great Tits in this shot. 
Bird caravan
A pair of Great Tits have been checking out this nest box for the past while but seem to have rejected it and a pair of Blue Tits are now sizing it up. A pair of Blue Tits used it last year and raised a good clutch from it. 
Lead floats
And, if you look out the windows long enough, you notice things which don’t catch your attention most other times. These lead fishing net floats were brought back from a Kilkee Strand over twenty years ago and were placed at the side of the garden pond.
Horseshoes (1)
And, these old horseshoes have been here for quite a few years – found while walking the farmland around us. 

I’ll be back to the garden again shortly, I hope, but I’ll have to continue my enjoyment of it via the windows for another while.

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16 thoughts on “Window Gardening.

    1. How lovely to hear from you, Laura, and many thanks for the good wishes. Recovery is going very very well, thank you, and I should be back to gardening again soon. I miss it very much – often you don’t realise how much until you can’t do it. So, I won’t grumble about weeds or trimming the edges of the lawns any more but will get on with it in good humour! Take care – and thanks for visiting the blog, my writing hobby!

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    1. Many thanks, Lois. The outlook is grey here with cloudy skies but the garden will be there when I am ready to go outside again. Many thanks for your kind thoughts.

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  1. What a nice idea to show us your garden through the ‘eyes of a window’. Enjoyed this blog immensely. Sending all good wishes for a speedy recovery. I know the feeling as I have broken quite a few bones over the past few years and one has to have the patience of a Saint while waiting for full recovery!!! All the best.

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    1. Thank you, Sally. Yes the drama of the hospital stay is over, there is no pain, no swelling, no bruising any longer but there is that long stretch ahead of doing nothing. A nurse in the hospital explained the exercises (very few and very gentle) and that they were simply to help avoid blood clots and that I was to take a few short walks during the day – not for exercise but to prevent me going crazy. LOL All is going well and I look forward to being in the garden again.

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  2. Hi Paddy, I hope your recovery is going well. Honestly, I don’t even want to go out into the garden in this horrible weather we are having! Probably easier for you to endure since the weather is so bad. Your have such a beautiful garden! The views from your windows are perfect. I always enjoy visiting your blog 🙂

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    1. Many thanks for the kind comments. All going well here; well on the way to recovery; just a few more weeks resting and it won’t be long before I am back in the garden.

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  3. Hi Paddy,
    I enjoy your updates on the garden and the hip. You’re not missing much in this filthy weather! Is that Hellebore called Smokey Blues by any chance? Also how do you get your name to appear on the photos? Get well soon!
    Sara

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    1. Hi Sara, Many thanks for the kind words. That hellebore never had a name; it was just on sale at the nursery “Ashwood Hybrid” – one of hundreds of Ashwood Hybrids. Re the name on the photos: I use Photoshop to edit my photos and it is something you set up once and afterwards it is a matter of a couple of clicks to add the name to a whole album of photos. Because of slow internet speeds I use the same “action” in Photoshop to reduce the size of all my photos before posting them online – this means they upload so much faster for me. When it does this it saves them in a separate folder so I still have the originals at their original full size and without the name.

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  4. Hi Paddy, hope you recover quickly. I’m glad you are well enough to at least write about your garden as I enjoy reading about it and looking at your photos. Regards,
    Mary

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  5. What exquisite views! I am familiar with the garden but to see the views framed by the windows makes a lovely difference. Many thanks. Hope convalescence is going well.

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