When we first moved into our house, the garden was starting to flag a little. The previous owner was a retired old gent, who had green fingers, but in the run-up to the move, he’d started to focus on packing, as you do. With six month-old, gardening wasn’t on my agenda. But, this year, I’ve really tried to transform my garden into a family paradise. So William can run free and have fun, and Mark and I can have a few beers in the sunshine.
My garden is divided into three sections, which sounds strange but bear with me! I have two parts to my garden, naturally. One part is the traditional lawn and patio area, and the other part is an overgrown wilderness, with steps down to a little brook and patio area. There’s a picket fence and gate, dividing the two, so William stays safe.
And then, in the lawn area, I decided I wanted to make the garden more exiting for William. It started out with tackling the weeds and neatening it up for him. And now, we have a full-on play area.
We received this lovely climbing frame from Asda to review, which sparked this off. Initially, I thought we’d just put it behind our garage where there is plenty of space, but then I thought that maybe that area could be William’s domain.
My parents and grandparents did so much to make this happen. My Gramps used decking planks to cordon off the area, to make it separate and keep it need. And then we filled the space with bark, so William would never fall and hurt himself badly. My parents, as a birthday gift for William’s second birthday in June, bought him a wendy house, and I also added his paddling pool, and his sandpit, to offer him lots of things to play with.
As for the garden, I mow it every other weekend, depending on the weather (I do the front garden too) and I try and weed it well and keep it neat and tidy. The garden beyond the gate? Well I quite like the wilderness and the paradise it offers for bees. Which I love to watch buzzing around, while I sip on a glass of wine. I also have lots of solar lighting dotted about so that, when night-time arrives, the garden is peacefully lit and looks magical. I love looking out of my conservatory at night and just thinking, while I look out.
I found inspiration for my garden online. Pinterest was definitely a winner for me! Garage kits, cosmopolitan furniture and patio doors are just some of the things that can drastically enhance your garden. I’d love to have an outdoor chalkboard along my garage wall (our garage is a stand-alone building) so William can scribble outside, and I’ve seen several tutorials on how to make one.
One day, I’d like to get decking to cover up the flag stones, so I can have a BBQ area, but in reality, I love it just as it is. I’m very lucky to have such a lovely outdoor space to share with my family. And when the sun is out, and the only noise I can hear is William laughing, it’s pretty perfect.
I took that photo. Can you believe it?!