My maiden name is Gardiner, which suggests that someone down our family line may have been blessed with greener fingers than I. I am a catastrophe in the garden and I show little more grace to our house plants. Inside a lovely beaten gold flower pot, you will find this weeks victims, several dead succulents. I mean, really? Who kills succulents? Aren’t they meant to outlive their owners?
This is one of the reasons why our garden is so unloved. I have no clue when it comes to gardening. The majority of the plants I bring into the garden die and those that survive become overgrown. Once, I planted a small potted parsley from Tescos, to save it going to waste, and it grew wild, yet all flowers I plant die within weeks.
I may have said this once or twice before, but who’s counting? This will be the year that our garden gets a makeover. Here are a few of the ideas that I have in mind.
Add Colour to Garden Walls
There is a large breeze block wall at the end of our garden that I have been meaning to paint over for years. It is the first thing you notice when you look across the lawn and it dominates the space. I would like to freshen it up with some exterior paint and then to plant a climbing plant to make it even prettier. My Dad has clematis in his garden, which I love, so maybe this could work.
Add a Garden Mirror
Once the wall is painted, I would love to add one of these panelled garden mirrors. I have a vision of a whimsical looking space, with the clematis growing all around it. I’m not one for neat and tidy places, so a secret garden feel would go down very well with me.
Plant a Wisteria
Wisteria are one of my favourite plants and would be perfect for the style of garden I would like. We have a patio area by the house, where I think a wisteria would look perfect planted and allowed to grow around our french doors. It would make me very happy to plant one in our garden this year.
Plant a Herb Garden
I love the idea of being able to eat food you have grown in your own garden and I think the kids would love this too. Given my inability to garden, I think we may keep it small to start with. I’m a huge fan of cooking with fresh herbs and so quite like the idea of starting our own herb garden. If we get on well with this, then perhaps we could move on to fruit and veg, but this would require things like a veggie patch and fruit cages, which I am not ready to invest in just yet. Baby steps and all that.
First and foremost, we will need to clear the garden of the general debris that has taken up home here over the last few years. We also need to find suitable storage for the kids garden toys, which keep getting ruined laying out in the rain. If you know of a great bike storage solution, hit me up with your suggestions. Preferably something waterproof that the kids can access them selves. Their Christmas bikes are still sat in our back lounge because I have run out of ideas and it’s high time they found a new home!
Here’s too hoping those ancestral green fingers make an appearance sometime soon.
*Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post , but all thoughts and feelings are my own.