Now that the summer months are looming, I am excited to spend time in my extra ‘room’, my garden.
Since I’ve got into my gardening, I’ve started to view my garden this way. Before, it was somewhere to sit in the sun, for the kids to play out, for the dog to run around. Having spent time redesigning it and better understanding it all, I now view it as an extension of my home, another room to furnish and enjoy.
Last year we got most of the major work done. We flattened a shed, created a cut flower patch, had a tree removed, added a small wildlife garden, and I indulged in buying lots of plants. Roses, peonies, roses, clematis, roses, honeysuckles, roses, viburnum, roses, alliums. Oh yes, I like roses! So this year it’s more about the maintenance, the upkeep and just enjoying it all.
With that in mind, I’ve been looking over at House of Bath at some little touches, ornaments and adornments that would really add to it.
I like the idea of a few hanging baskets and these look so real, yet without the need to water them! And as we’re always looking to attract birds into the garden, this sweet little teapot nester caught my eye, too…
And then I like the idea of these additions, too. I think that surely I can’t ever have enough pots (my mum bought me two new plants just this week, where will I put them?!), I really want an archway and I think the kids would love the little fairy door set..
I remember spending so much time outside last summer, opening the kitchen doors wide, it almost brought the garden into the house. It was a smooth extension to our home, with the children running in and out, though mostly just staying out there. I can see myself adding to it, cultivating it and enjoying it for so many years to come now. Gardening is a hobby for life, I think, and I’m so glad that it’s found me at last.
Do you see your garden as another room, too? What do you love most about it?
Disclosure: Written in collaboration with House of Bath