Mrs. Homegrown put a lot of hard work this past fall into some new plantings for the backyard. As a result there’s some nice viewpoints developing. I thought I’d take a few random pictures to highlight what’s working and what isn’t.
I took a seat on the worm bin and discovered this nice vista. It’s the view from where I’m planning a new seating area.
Of course photography is a kind of lie. Taking a picture is as much about what we frame out as what we include. Widen the previous shot and you see junk laying around on the ugly concrete slab in the foreground.
Some other vistas in the garden just need some straightening up. I’ve been doing a lot of projects lately and don’t always put things back.
Other areas need some more work. This area by the chicken coop could use some paving stones or a deck under the chairs and a better “hide the crap” fence to screen out the compost bins in the background.
Overall the main design lesson is in the first photo in this series–the use of foliage or trellis work to not allow the whole space to be viewed at once. This makes a small space seem larger and lends a sense of mystery to what might be behind that avocado tree. A path that leads the eye into the background helps too.
More work to do . . .