One of my favorite garden shows to watch on PBS is P. Allen Smith's Garden Home. Recently he was talking about the need to design our lawns and gardens with a thought to how they will look from our windows.
I thought of that as I read what Manuela has been doing to her deck recently. You can read more about it... here. Just scroll down. I... ummm.... "borrow"... lots of her ideas. The idea below was inspired by her garden plate collection. :)
I've tried to make the view of our deck pretty from the family room window. Even though our deck is used a lot, the way it is set up and decorated has a lot to do with the view we have from the family room and kitchen.
These are the scenes from my French door leading out to the deck. That plant sitting on the table above sometimes hangs on the front porch, too... you may have seen a picture of it there (shown below).
Originally I wanted one large picnic table on the deck but we could not find one that wasn't way out of our price range.
As it turned out, using the two small tables has been excellent when we had people over. A happy "accident" that has turned out great. Someday I'm hoping to find a third small table very cheap...
This scene through the window above my kitchen sink was completely by accident, too. Sorry about the fuzzy look but there is a screen on the other side of the glass. :)
The plant you see on the deck fence has a bug problem so I separated it from all the others while I try to mend it. I was so surprised to see how nice it looks there while I do dishes.
I'll probably keep it there this summer and plan other plants there for the future. Another happy accident.
Of course, being surrounded by trees makes for a nice view, too.