View from a Window

by AnneWareham on July 4, 2017

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I gave myself a project of taking a picture every month from the same window. I thought it would be interesting for me to see the changes over a year all at once. Thought some of you might be interested too.. It’s a bit like that thing they used to have in the papers when I was a kid – spot the difference. 

If you think of doing something like this yourself, a word of advice: file and label each picture as soon as you take them, so you don’t at some point have to search every picture you took that year trying to find them.

The photographs are a bit grim – taken through a window with my phone. A couple are elongated  because my phone can do that.  It’s quite fun. More advice: if you do this, do it out of a window which opens enough so that you don’t have to take the picture through (dirty) glass! And choose a part of the garden which gets manicured regularly…..


June 2016 Front Garden, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

June 2016


July 2016 Veddw front garden copyright Anne Wareham front garden copyright Anne Wareham

July 2016


August 2016 Veddw front garden copyright Anne Wareham front garden copyright Anne Wareham

August 2016 – this is elongated!


Veddw front garden copyright Anne Wareham front garden copyright Anne Wareham

September 2016


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October 2016 – the horizon has changed. A large sycamore next door was cut down.


Veddw front garden copyright Anne Wareham

November 2016 Foliage has all been cut down and left on the beds. 


Veddw front garden December 2016 copyright Anne Wareham

December 2016


January 2017 Front Garden, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

January 2017


Feb 2017 Front Garden, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

February 2017


March 2017 Front Garden, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

March 2017


April 2017 Feb 2017 Front Garden, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

April 2017 New bird bath appears. (well, is finished and installed. Thank you, Charles)


May 2017

And finally, here’s now:

Front Garden, Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham

July 2017

PS – Boasting alert. Did you know that Outwitting Squirrels has sold over 20 thousand copies!? And Deckchair Gardener sold over 5 thousand in the first month. See sidebar for reviews.

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Katherine Crouch July 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm

riveting – lovely to see the seasonal changes. Not so lovely hunting through past photos listed by date when you know you should have Saved As into a Special File where you will be able to find it easily…..

AnneWareham July 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Exactly. Xxx

Paul Steer July 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Wow ! I really like the bare beds of Nov /Dec with just the topiary and rails x

AnneWareham July 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Yes – me too! Wondered whether that isn’t best of all. Now there’s a thought….. XX

margaret July 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

This is a lovely idea & though my plot is tiny compared to yours I think it would still be an interesting thing to do myself too.

AnneWareham July 4, 2017 at 10:13 pm

I wouldn’t think size would matter – you have the seasons and the weather. Do it! Xx

Bridget Rosewell July 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm

This is stunning stuff. I should try to do it!

AnneWareham July 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Yes! And I’d love to see such pics. Been ages and I never see all the changes.. Xx

Kev the Yank July 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Absolutely Brilliant Anne! Love the progression…. And congratulations on your book sales numbers! Proud to say I am one of your International Readers!

AnneWareham July 4, 2017 at 10:09 pm

I am delighted to hear that, K the Y ! And proud to be international, thanks to your good self! Xxx

SUSAN Guthridge July 5, 2017 at 12:00 am

The changing seasons like magic; I never get enough. Talk about squirrels– I just had a whistle pig in my shed. They are basically a 15pound squirrel. Think l’ve all it’s holes plugged up now; including the one at garden gate. Of all the flowers and berries in my garden the only thing noticed was it ate the broccoli. I love them but hopefully it found a better home in the woods.

AnneWareham July 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

I love the internet – how would I ever hear of such things else?! It certainly went for the healthy option.

Pat Webster July 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

This is a really good idea that I may have to copy. I love the January photo with the dusting of snow. From November on, I kept thinking how much better the scene would be with the new birdbath — and then it appeared. Were you rigorous with the date of the month or even approximately? And would it be more telling if the photos showed exactly the same scene?

AnneWareham July 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I wasn’t rigorous with the same scene – even selecting slight variation for the post for interest’s sake. (might have been mistaken) Nor was it the same date/day- I would have to be there, remember, and the weather be at least possible. Am now doing the view from my office and doubt I’ll manage those consistencies there either! I’m trying to get under the window to avoid the glass so the manoeuvring is likely to cause variation. Go on though – you do it and be purist! Xxx

The Cynical Gardener July 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

What an interesting idea, so much vegetation coming and going. Think I’m going to copy this idea. Did you take the picture the same date every month.?

AnneWareham July 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

I didn’t do it the same date – kept forgetting. You could though! Think – it would be even more fascinating over many years.

Julieanne Porter July 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm

What an excellent idea Anne. That is some view to have all year round. It shows the importance of evergreen shrubs/trees for structure. They are like the stars of the show, with the standing ovation of other plants at different times of the year. I love it. Brava!

I’ve done this kind of thing before in the context of capturing how the light falls across a garden at different times a year to help with making design decisions. And from taking part in the End of Month View meme where you analyse changes & problems on a month-by-month basis. But doing it just for the pleasure, without feeling the need to explain/contextualise, now that’s something I’m definitely going to try. It’s also a low spoon/Deckchair Gardener way of enjoying the garden & blogging 🙂

AnneWareham July 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Hi Julieanne, – I was feeling a bit bad for having been so casual! So thank you. I also feel embarrassed because I think the planting looks scrappy in the pics and it never did to look at (ah – photographer’s skills). But people do seem to like the idea, so I feel really pleased about that.

I like your end of month check, but am too overwhelmed with stuff to contemplate that. And just now I feel rotten – is it the weather, maybe? Xxx