My garden, much like my house, has been an ever evolving project. Most of it looks lovely, but there are corners that need a little extra love. So, when the people at Wyevale Garden Centres asked if they could gift me some garden accessories and plants, it was a no brainer. (They are very generously giving away an Ashford Bistro Metal Garden Furniture set like mine, in the colour of your choice – carry on reading to see how you can enter!)
A botanical paradise in my garden…
So the first area that needed a little love, is the strip of gravel by the side of my kitchen. Long term I would love to extend down this space as many owners of Victorian terraces do. Until then, I wanted to make it a botanical paradise. Somewhere where I could sit with a coffee in the morning, and listen to the birds. Somewhere to sit in the evening, with a glass of chilled wine.
When I saw this bistro set (it’s called the Ashford Bistro Metal Garden Furniture set), it was total love at first sight. I mean, that colour…I think it was made for me! Plus I love the pop of colour when combined with the brick wall and the gravel. Next I picked some solar power LED lights to add a bit of pretty ambient lighting once the sun goes down.
Picking my plants…
The really fun bit for me was visiting my local branch with a gift voucher, and picking out some beautiful plants. I was like a kid in a sweet shop!
As this is a shady area, I decided to go for some bold, shade tolerant plants, and to display them en masse. I chose Fatsia Japonica, a glossy, shade tolerant plant that is evergreen, and has that cool, botanical jungle feel to it. It grew in abundance at my old house, and I loved it. Planted in large pots to create a botanical pathway, I knew it would look really beautiful, and lead your eye through tot he end of the garden
The second plant I went for was my beloved hydrangea! With those shades of blue and purple how could I resist, and I knew they’d look amazing with the turquoise of the bistro set.
Under the apple tree..
The second areaI decided needed a bit of summer accessorising, was at the bottom of my garden, between the apple tree and the summerhouse. It’s a gorgeous spot, with the very old Norfolk stone wall that Dad and I renovated a couple of years ago, under the canopy of my apple tree. When I need 5 minutes, I sit there with a cuppa.
First up I chose these gorgeous blue and white stripe deckchairs. I also chose the Barrington chimnea, so when the sun goes down we can sit and still stay cosy!
How cool is this amazing tree chandelier? I absolutely love the vintage style lightbulbs, and it looks so magical hanging in the apple tree.
Finally, I chose two metal wash dolly pots. I absolutely love these, as they look genuinely vintage, and add that reclaimed French look that I love so much in gardens. they look lovely with the hydrangeas in, but would also look beautiful overflowing with cottage flowers, such as foxglove and lavender. You can see one below in the foreground, the one behind is vintage.
So, here’s the exciting part – Wyevale are very generously giving one Ashford Bistro Metal Garden Furniture set away to one of you! How amazing is that? You have the choice of four colours too – Turquoise, Lime, Duck Egg Blue or Stone. All you have to do is to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and you must also leave a comment below telling me which colour you’d love, and where in your garden you put it. (Under the honeysuckle? On a balcony? In the sunshine so you can catch some rays?)
1)You must fill out the Raffelcopter form here and leave a comment on this blog post (as per my instructions above) to enter!
2)Mainland UK entrants only
3)Competition ends midnight 19th June
That’s it folks, good luck, and have a lovely weekend! (If you fancy browsing some fairy tale inspired styling in my home for Reclaim magazine, check out my last post here.)