Yesterday, I realized I spend a lot of time staring out my kitchen window, the one right above the sink. While I am scrubbing out the dinner scraps from a pan, I love to be distracted by the plants outside the window. Right now, I am anxiously watching my peony develop buds. I’m anxious because that damn plant has been there for 6- YES- SIX years, and has never bloomed. Finally, this spring there are buds developing and I will be able to see fluffy pink peonies right outside my kitchen window!
It may seem odd to get so excited about something little... But consider this; a peony can live to be about 50 years old, so I can look forward to 44 more springs watching that same peony bud and bloom. Instead of grumbling about scrubbing at crusty egg yolk, I can observe my plants growing and blooming as I do housework. Doctors say viewing nature lowers your blood pressure, promotes healing, and reduces stress. Considering that, those peonies might even help me stick around to see them bloom 44 more times. I'll have to show you guys the research if you'd like to see it!
My conclusion: everyone needs a kitchen window to look outside. So plan your garden with what you want to see when life is handing you dirty dishes.