I have no mature trees in my yard, but I borrow this big old silver maple (Acer sacharrinum) growing wild in the pond area below our house. It is my view out the living room window to the east.
An ancient twisted white birch (Betula papyrifera) across the street calls to me from inside my house. I notice it every time I look up and glance out the north windows. I love it; the house and the overhead wires not as much. Wouldn't that be a dramatic view with my green spruce in the foreground and the borrowed crooked birch behind it.... if only I could zap the house and street and wires. That's one problem with views you don't actually own.
When we first moved in, all I had was a borrowed view, until my own gardens grew in. And until other houses were built next to us.
|The ridge from our front porch initially. Now a house is in that empty field.|
|My plants, framed by borrowed greenery from the woods beyond. I love the intersecting angles.|
Some borrowed views are expansive, like the hills that surround Carol at Flower Hill Farm in Massachusetts. Her plantings are so much a part of the view that her garden is all one seamless fabric of tended hill and natural woods and wild meadow.
The opposite is true of the borrowed view at Conrad Art Glass & Gardens in Wisconsin. His beautiful garden is completely surrounded by farmland that features silos and flat open pastures. The world outside his acreage is completely unrelated to the woodsy, enclosed, conifer-thick, birch shaded scenes he has created.
|Even without a pink sky, I like this borrowed view in winter|
My own borrowed view is a mix; no seamless blending of garden into hillsides, but I am not in an enclave of enclosed garden rooms either.
My view is a big old tree over there, a low ridge beyond, a rising slope, other old trees and vines over here .... and, distressingly, electrical wires, roads, houses and a playground down the street. And much of the woods and ridgeline is covered with invasive plants and trash trees that I never would have planted.
I have to live with the scenes I don't like, and problematic plants that I see but can't do anything about. But I'm fortunate to have the views around me that I do have... wild, beautiful, and borrowed.