A week or so ago, I shared the 'before' shots of our garden. It was an unloved space. Untidy, lacking in anything pretty and absent of any colour. Boring, boring, boring! With the £243 kindly offered to us by Homebase (£243 is the average amount that a customer spends on a room makeover), we wanted to make our garden a bit more of an inspiring and relaxing space. To keep the project manageable, we decided to focus on three things - creating a recognisable border, planting lots of lovely flowers, and sprucing up the lacklustre fence. It took a fair amount of time and hard work (and waiting patiently for the rain to stop) but we finally finished (for now). And we love it!
We started by defining a border at the top of the garden with lovely red rope-effect edging.
When it came to deciding what to plant, we found ourselves not knowing where to start. We did not have a clue. I'd pinned many beautiful images on my Pinterest board but they weren't really a great deal of help in the end because I didn't know what the flowers were or whether they'd be suitable for our slightly damp, North Wales garden. However, we found the perfect thing on Homebase's Project Centre (a wonderful hub full of ideas and advice). Clicking on 'easy to plant borders', we came across the genius solution that is Garden On A Roll. For those of you who dream of a pretty border but don't know where to start, this is most definitely the product for you. You simply choose from a range of possible borders and the length that you want it, and then a week or two later, all the plants arrive at your door with a canny bio-degradable paper plan that shows you exactly where to place everything. For us, it was garden changing!
Next, came the painting. I spent ages deciding what colour to go for. I was a bit nervous about choosing something bright and wondered whether we should just opt for the standard brown. But after seeing so many gorgeous duck egg blue fences on Pinterest, I decided to go for it. I, along with my trusty helper, set to work with Home of Colour's gentle sage. It's the most amazing colour. It seems to change from a pale mint green to a beautiful sky blue depending on where the sun is sitting in the sky. We love it. The jury's still out on whether it needs a second coat or not. We're going to let it settle for a few weeks and see how it wears.
In the end, we went slightly over the £243 budget as we needed more paint than I anticipated and opted for the brilliant Garden On A Roll instead of going it alone. It was something that we were more than happy to pay extra for though as it saved us making a lot of planting mistakes and has also given us some inspiration for the future for when we get around to doing the border in the front garden.
So here's how it ended up. Needless to say, we are absolutely thrilled.
Next, we have something really cool planned for the boys in the empty space behind the garage. In fact, it was my eldest little dude who came up with a lot of the ideas and I can't wait for it to all come together. It'll be a couple of months before it's completed but I'll share it with you when it is.
A huge thanks to Homebase for the vouchers and the 'kick' to get us to finally tackle our garden. We're overwhelmed by the change already and with a few final tweaks, it's going to be perfect.