View from Outside

We love our kitchen window. It’s a large greenhouse window over the sink, and we love standing there looking out to watch the birds and the weather. We even keep a pair of binoculars in the drawer next to the sink! It certainly makes doing dishes a very pleasant activity! I usually post photos taken looking out from that window but, just for fun, I thought I’d post a photo looking at the window from the outside.

06.19.16 Kitchen window

Kitchen window and oak tree shadows…

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From December to March

From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens:
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.
~ Katherine S. White

It has been a number of months since I wrote anything on this blog. I tend to cocoon in the wintertime, wrapped in my books and my knitting. Garden blogging is set aside while I winter over.

The quote above, however, describes perfectly my own December to March with my “three gardens.” There was so much rain this winter that we set new records. The outdoor garden was an absolute swamp! Indoors, some of my window garden plants gave up the ghost while others flourished. Not sure why. And the garden of my mind’s eye was inspired by the gardening books I read this winter and by the two online gardening courses I enjoyed on those rainy days.

But now I am happy to get back outdoors to start our spring gardening. Husband is focusing on the important structural aspects of our vegetable garden … putting in the pathways and preparing to install an irrigation system. Daughter has started some seeds indoors and we are happy to see them sprouting. Son and Grandboy are deciding on some seeds for their garden box. And I am cleaning off the front porch, getting ready to plant the porch pots soon, preparing the raised beds in the vegetable garden, getting ready to plant the veggies and herbs. Last weekend, Hubby and I bought 5 new barrels and planted some blueberry bushes in them.

So Spring is here and it is simply delightful to be able to get outdoors again and putter around in the sunshine after a long, wet winter!

Kitchen Window Garden

Our kitchen window garden is the heart of our home. There were a lot of things we really loved about this sweet old house in the Grove when we first walked through it with our realtor. We loved the sunlight streaming in the windows, the beautiful old Douglas Fir flooring in the living room and dining room, the classical old staircase going up to the second level… and then the big kitchen greenhouse window! That window definitely was not from the same time period of the Douglas Fir floors, but it’s a wonderful window.

It has an eastern exposure and the sun is pretty direct until about noon, so house plants either love it in that window, or they don’t survive. I’m just starting to plant herbs, so we’ll see if parsley and chives like it there.

We have two bird feeders hanging at the sides of the window, so we enjoy watching many different kinds of birds, especially in the wintertime. And we’ve enjoyed some spectacular winter sunrises through the oak trees. Watching the wildlife, the weather, and the passing of seasons out that window keep us completely entertained.

I put together a collection of photos of the kitchen window garden, starting with the day we moved in and ending with photos of a little window gardening project the Grandboy and his Daddy did to learn about drip irrigation. Great little gardening project from Kiwi Crate!