Is your garden ready for those gatherings?

The summer is just around the corner and we are now able to gather in the garden with our nearest and dearest, but is your garden ready for it?

As with crafting gardening is one of my greatest passions but was curtailed due to me needing a hip replacement and unable to tend to the garden as I once did.

We started a garden makeover last year just after we went into lockdown, it was long overdue and as there was no work to distract us we thought what better time than to get cracking.


So I had this vision of a beautiful flower filled English country cottage garden, a bit like this...

(Image procured from Pinterest)

So with this image as a starting point of my dream garden we began with great gusto and enthusiasm to recreate this beautiful garden








Its not quite like the picture but I was very happy with the end result, hubby is taking a much deserved break after a hard weeks work of clearing and making our new cottage garden area.










Hubby built a planter arch for me, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought he would make it for me but he did along with my son Adam. The paint used on the Planter arch is Cuprinol in Willow



This was how the garden was looking towards the end of August 2020, it is getting more like the image I had in my head

So here we are today, the climbing roses I had imagined to cover the trellis will take a few more years so in the meantime to break up all that brown trellis I have added my new outdoor garlands making it look much more colourful and I love it!

I don't usually make up the kits for myself I just do a sample that sits in a box but after I had done the sample and saw what a difference it made I decided I would make some more so it eventually go around all the trellis and fencing.


Unfortunately the sun had moved to the front of the house when this was taken so it looks a little dull and I have not managed to take another with the sun out yet!







I am also adding a splash of colour by painting and decoupaging some flower pots, a cheap and easy way to freshen up a dull bare spot in the garden. As with the garlands there's more to do, it's never ending!

I just used interior emulsion to paint the pot, then decoupaged the pot using the napkins and sealed it with several coats of decorators varnish. Frenchic do an alfresco range that is great for painting items for outside and has a wide range of colours to choose from too and they won't need varnishing either. Take a look at their website and get inspired!

Frenchic Furniture Paint | Eco Friendly Chalk & Mineral Paint (frenchicpaint.co.uk)


The garden is a continuous work in progress, I still have lots I want to add to it and will share it with you as I go along. I'm hoping this frost that we keep getting will soon disappear so I can plant out all the flowers that are currently residing in the summerhouse that have to be taken in and out everyday!