I don’t know if it was the sunshine or the long weekend but I have really started to think about getting the garden summer ready this week. I am longing for those long days laying outside with a book, those barmy evenings drinking Pimms and eating tapas or BBQ’s with friends that last from lunchtime until when the sunsets. I know we have a long way to go but a girl can surely dream!!
I have been reading every magazine, catalogue and book I can get my hands on. I have been on Pinterest pinning dream spaces and I have been having a social media snoop at other peoples spaces! There are so many lovely ideas and themes this year. Do I go bright and tropical (Flamingos are in!), English Country Garden is another trend I am seeing a lot of this year or for a beachy theme with lots of lanterns, white wash and shells?
Our actual garden is really quite small and is not south facing but it has all the basics in place already. We have a lovely decked area and great seating which really only needs an update rather than lots of money spend on it. We also have a lovely lawn area (thanks to fake grass!) and raised beds which have some established shrubs in. The back of the garden has a brick wall which is actually really lovely and makes a nice backdrop for photos!!
As a family we have been discussing what we really want from the garden. Hot tub has been mentioned by most members on numerous occasions!! We want colour and interest but we aren’t the greatest gardeners. We want space and a clutter free but we have two children under seven. We want to get as much out of the garden as possible this year and for it to be an extension of our living space!
What are your garden plans for the Spring/Summer? Have you a preferred style? Do you have any advice for someone who just can’t decide? I would love to know.