We have officially hit British summer time! Can’t you tell? Rain, floods, wind and in some parts of Scotland, snow. Ahh….I’ll just reach for the sun cream now!! Still, we managed a BBQ in the grey clouds yesterday for Father’s day, where we enjoyed a delicious cookie pudding! It was great, but did remind me how much more we need to do in the garden!
We did make a cracking start last year (I say we, I mostly mean my husband and our amazing friends and family as I was out of action growing a, not so little, baby!) The massive hedges were removed, the ground leveled and then lawn put down, a back bed was created using sleepers, and lovely purple slate was put down to create a low maintenance bed under the trees. This year I have managed to plant the bed up, with help from my mum, which really makes it look like a loved garden! I loved choosing all the beautiful plants, and now I am just learning which ones I have to protect from the slugs! (Oh my beautiful Lupin!) Still we have a long way to go and lots of clearing before we can say we have it how we want it. My favourite part of outdoors at the moment is our table and chairs, we have the Rattan cube table and chairs, which sits 8 comfortably and really worked for the BBQ yesterday!
There are other things on my wish list though (I do seem good at wish lists!!) I would love decking in the bottom corner of the garden with some lights in it, I always think that looks great! We have a swing-seat that needs a bit of TLC and a new cover making for it (ahh better learn a bit more about sewing! I spy a new blog post coming up!!) I think it would be a great space to sit on and admire the garden from.
We have some lovely solar lights in the flower beds that look amazing at night time. I’m hoping that we will be able to use the swing seat on the decking as the nights get darker in the Autumn, the lights create an amazing relaxing space and I could drink tea (or mulled wine!!) to keep me warm! I would also like a new patio……but I feel that one is a few years down the line!
The final space is the children’s space I want to create for my boy! Now Daddy has been working hard creating a mud kitchen, there is still some work to be done to complete it, but it is such a good start to the space! Although he is too small now, it won’t be long before he is using it and we want the space to be ready for him before he is too big!! It is a space I am excited to be creating, I want him to have so many adventures there. The garden is turning into a space for the whole family, which is something I am very happy to see unfolding! I think it will turn into a place we love to spend time as a family.
What works well in your garden? How have you created a family space?