I don't know about you, but as soon as spring is in the air, my thoughts turn to summer. It's not that I don't relish every bright, sunny spring day - but there's such excitement in the season which lies ahead.
So, without wanting to wish away the days, I thought it would be fun to dream a little, plan a little and get ready for the summer season. And where better than to prepare than our own back garden? Ours has lain dormant for the winter months, but now that the days are becoming a little longer, lighter and a little less chilly, we've felt spurred on to get out and prepare it for the months to come. Yesterday we had a good sort out in the garden, clearing the clutter away, weeding the flower beds, planting bulbs and sweet peas and giving the patio a good clean. It felt so good to be out and I think the gardening gene may just have kicked in at last! Much like a good spring clean inside, I find that an exterior spring clean brings a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of purpose and calm.
One garden item I've dreamt of having for a long while is a garden shed. And, while we do have one at the moment, it's currently stacked high with piles of odds and ends ready for an upcoming car boot sale. But, what I'd truly love is to empty it out, paint it white (outside and in) and to turn it into a sweet potting shed - complete with a potting bench lined with terracotta pots, of course. That's my house and white picket fence dream, right there!
Luckily, sheds aren't that expensive these days, take a look here for some great advice on picking and assembling one. Then it's just a case of priming the wood, and plumping for an exterior wood paint in whatever colour you love most, if you fancy adding your own personal touch.
Aside from a trusty garden shed, I've also got my heart set on a few more garden bits and bobs, to help usher in the warmer weather. Here's my wishlist...
I'm longing for those perfect summer's days, the ones where hot days roll into balmy nights. Where all you need is a comfy chair, your friends, drinks and flickering candlelight. Dreamy. Until then, I'll work out in the garden, prepping away and enjoying every last drop of spring.
What are your plans for spring and summer in your garden?
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