As we all enter the second month of Lockdown, for many of us, our gardens have become more than just a personal slice of nature. Now, we look to our lawns, patios and rockeries as a sort of sanctuary to escape the stress and mundanities of staying indoors.
Creating a space of beauty and function has most likely been very high on a lot of to-do lists, and now is certainly the best time to get on top of making your garden ready for Summer!
For those of us looking for a complete revamp, planting plenty of big, bold flowers is a great way to transform bare beds from Winter into a riot of fragrance and colour. Trust me, the effort you put in may seem like a lot, but the pay of is more than worth it!
If you’re looking for something a little less intense, but still want to make use of your gardening tools, then taking a little time each day to get rid of weeds and watering your hanging baskets and planters is an easy way to encourage plants to grow, and is really relaxing too!
Now that Spring is well and truly here, I’m already looking ahead to Summer! The gorgeous weather certainly puts it in my mind, and I’ve made a promise to make the most of it the best way I can.
For anyone who misses family barbecues as much as I do, switching up your meal routines to dining outside is a simple change that really cheers you up.
Investing in a good set of garden furniture is perfect to make your garden feel more cosy – and the comfort of your dining room really is a great way to unwind! If you don’t have space, why not spread out a blanket on the lawn and have a stay-at-home picnic?
The best thing about alfresco dining is that you can make it into whatever you want it to be. Families can enjoy spending time together while the kids play in the garden, and couples have a ready-made romantic date night! For a really special touch, you can even pull out all the stops and bring out the full table linen set and best crockery for high afternoon tea as it’s meant to be!
At this time of year, we’re always reminded to make a start in revitalising our homes but we hardly need that this year! Spending so much time at home, I’ve definitely made sure to get rid of my unwanted clutter – and it’s made a massive improvement! One result of tidying up is that I’ve really had to think about what to do with the things that I do need – but don’t necessarily look great on display. So a fantastic way to combat filling up “junk rooms” is to invest in storage solutions that are just as stylish as they are practical.
I’m definitely missing my friends and family a lot as each day goes on, but I’m keeping in touch as much as I can and that really helps. But since my home is closed to the people I love, I have been trying to make an effort to welcome in as many visitors to my garden as possible!
Birds are so pleased to flock to my feeder, and it’s a lovely feeling to wake up to the sunshine and the sound of them chirping – that really puts me in a good mood for the day.
Our feathered friends are definitely important, and I’m a big advocate of protecting bees, so I’ve invested in an insect house and planted plenty of flowers that I know they love – my lavender especially is just as good for them as it is for me!
When I first moved in around four years ago, I discovered a friendly frog as I was fixing up my garden and I remembered him for the first time a few weeks ago. I’m sure lots of you would forget the importance of frogs and toads like me, but they’re really great at pest control so it’s definitely worth turning a plant pot into a makeshift shelter for them – just turn them upside down and prop up with rocks to create a lovely shady house.
A direct opposite to making your garden as cosy as your home – but just as important! – filling rooms with foliage is a certain boost to your mood, and is a health benefit to boot.
The classic go-tos such as a vase of beautiful fresh flowers on your coffee table and a leafy fern in the hallway to welcome you home are a fantastic place to begin – and end, as I used to think.
Recently, I’ve taken the time to look into more creative ways to decorate my home with plants and one idea that I really loved is the bathroom plant trend that’s so popular.
Wicker planters are perfect for the bathroom, and nautical colours are a definite bonus. Don’t just pop a few succulents on the windowsill, really explore with surrounding your bath with different plants, and even use ivy as a living garland for over shelves and rails.
If, like me, a bathroom remodelling isn’t really on the cards, then fresh foliage is definitely a cheap, simple and wonderfully stylish way to upgrade tired décor!
Enjoy, Charlotte x