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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How The Birds See It

Close up views of the garden and individual flowers are unmatched for showcasing exquisite detail. Even so, many of the readers here have expressed their appreciation for seeing WIDE views of the garden as a way of displaying the layout. Recently I was up on the roof cleaning off the leaves that quickly collect there from the oak trees.

So for what it's worth here is a view from the roof looking out to the street. It is the (shady)South side of the driveway. The lighting is terrible for photos but then again it reveals the way sunlight filters through all those mature oak trees.

This is a panoramic view of 4 photos 'stitched' together to give an even broader sense of the entire garden on that side.

Can you see the center section (up in the right hand corner of photo above) that was just completed? For the back story on removing the lawn you can go here if you missed it.

And while we're at it the north side (the other side of the driveway) garden leading around to the edible garden. The trees are blocking the rest of the view down to the street.

It really is quite a different view from up there where the birds perch. I hope this helped give you a better idea of the overall front garden.


  1. Liked your "bird's eye view" of your yard. Things look so different from up above. I know if I were on my roof I would see way too much lawn in the front (a battle that I will probably never win).

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great idea to get a bird's perspective! Just be careful up there!;0)

  3. Only you would be on the roof working with camera in hand... Your gardens are so lovely no matter the view..

  4. I really like the bird's eye view. Your garden looks so big and inviting from up there.

  5. Great view, Meems! I could never perch on my roof like a bird ... I'm very impressed! Best can do is shooting out of my upstairs windows :)

  6. Wow, I really like seeing this view. Lets me see that I am in need of using more of the same plant in areas to give more cohesiveness to the overall look.

  7. I think a bird's eye view is a good thing for all of us gardeners to have. Last year in April, my husband was on the roof and I asked him to photograph the back gardens. The results were nice. Yours are too. Beautiful!

  8. Hey Meems...I enjoyed the Bird's eye view of your garden. It definitely does give a different perspective on the overall seeing all that dappled sunlight.

  9. Woo, made me dizzy up there so high! (kidding) Thank you for those views.

  10. I tried that once.Hung out a 2nd story window to get my photos.But your's are much better!Sorry,but I'm not going up on my roof,even tho it would make for a good photo.

  11. Great idea to get pictures from a bird's eye view. I won't be going up on my roof, but I have two floors, so I often check out the top floor windows to get a good eyeful of the overall garden. In fact, it's often the very first thing I do in the morning as soon as I get out of bed.

  12. Siesta Sister,
    As you know the front lawn has gradually disappeared here... there's still hope.

    It always feels so awkward at first standing on the slant of the roof... but yes, always careful.

    Thanks. Saturday was a blast! Hanging out with folks and talking gardening... thanks for asking.

    I think I remember you did this standing on a ladder??? a couple of years ago???

    Single story house solves that problem for me. Please don't go up on your roof. :-)

    Repeating plants does bring unity especially in a naturalistic setting.

    I remember when you did this... yours looked great.

    You know we LOVE our dappled light... but it isn't kind to photography. I had to get what I get while I was up there.

    Nell Jean,
    Too high for great photos, too.

    No, don't go on your 2nd story... not a good idea.

    Oh, what a nice way to start your day.

  13. Oh your garden looks beautiful from any angle - thanks for the birds eye view. I dont climb on the roof, but often get onto the ladder to clean out the gutters... next time I will have to have a look at the different view from up there. You are always coming up with something different, I do enjoy your blog!

  14. Love it, love it, love it! For me, this blog was pure HEAVEN. The photos are fantastic and the yard is indescribable. I could look at these photos all day long. Meems, you have an incredible talent for plant groupings and garden design. Your yard is amazing. It is really, really - something special.

    Jacksonville, Florida

  15. africanaussie,
    You must try to get a camera up on that ladder with you next time. You'll be surprised at what you see from up there.

    You are a kind and generous cheerleader. Thank you sincerely for your appreciative comments of my garden. It means a lot to me. Blessings.

  16. Wow, somehow I missed this post. Wonderful views from above. I love your place.



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