This time last year, our garden was basically an expanse of patchy grass. As with most new build homes, the garden was non-existent when we first bought it, and as we were living in Switzerland at the time and needed to rent it out until we moved back to the UK, we had turf laid and a few simple shrubs planted. Our aim was merely to minimise any effort required to maintain it should potential tenants not be particularly green-fingered. When we finally moved in ourselves, it was an unloved space and remained so until we settled in and sorted out the interior. And yes, that took quite a while (and is still ongoing ... it's always going to be ongoing, isn't it?).
I think our main reluctance to tackle the garden was due to the fact that it sloped in every which way direction and we had no idea where to start. That was until we discovered Garden on a Roll and, while it couldn't solve the bizarre sloping issue, it gave us the most perfect, pretty border. We simply chose from a range of possible borders and the length that we wanted it, and then a week later, all the plants arrived at our door with a clever bio-degradable paper plan showing us exactly where to place them all. It was garden changing! Seriously, if you're a reluctant gardener and want a helping hand to guide you every step of the way, this is a genius product.
This spring, we've been witness to the most amazing transformation as all the little plants and shrubs have suddenly bloomed, finally bringing the garden to life. With everything looking so lovely, I can overlook the random sloping, and, thanks to a bit more love and attention, the lawn is looking a lot less patchy and a lot more green, too. Our garden has, at long last, become a place we love to spend time in.
But, there's always room for even more colour, isn't there?!
It's no secret that one of my favourite places to shop for quirky treasures for the home is HomeSense. I love that I never know what I'm going to discover when I walk through the door. A few weeks ago, I popped in to pick up some items for my laundry room makeover and was completely transfixed by the bright colours calling to me from the garden section. Those pinks!! The yellows!! And that turquoise butler's table!! It was love. And I knew my blooming garden deserved an extra special treat to see in the summer.
Now I don't know about you, but our lawn is frequently home to a swingball, several footballs, a few water pistols, a sand pit, and several other plastic items which have no home (or recognisable identity, anymore). When the sun's shining, I look out and crave a little corner for myself. Space for a picnic blanket, a cushion or two, and the perfect shady spot to place my gin and tonic within easy reach. So with no rain to stop play and the boys eager to put their bats down and join me for a lazy lie down (bribed with pink lemonade, I'm not going to lie), this bank holiday weekend has been the weekend to carve out my very own patch of prettiness. And I love it. Please let there be no rain for the next few months so I can sit back and enjoy it.
What do you think? Is there room for summer brights in your garden?
This post was written in collaboration with HomeSense who kindly sent me a gift card to cover the cost of all the gorgeous garden items featured in this post.