Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Time for a garden overhaul

Our garden seems an extension of the children’s playroom, more things for them.  A trampoline dominates a large chunk of it; we have quite a long slide and a selection of different sized tubs and containers for youngest to mix up his potions…

As he demonstrates here - I have a habit of running out of random ingredients, he wants little bits of everything, this mixture by the end featured red food colouring in a big way along with an assortment of herbs and spices!

Water is valued here; I have to fill water pistols, watering cans and of course the paddling pool with alarming regularity!  The boys want to splash in it, paint the walls in it and wash my windows (least that is one helpful task you may think if they had not mixed mud into the clean water first…).

I am dreaming of a more adult friendly garden, with patio heaters, hanging lanterns and sophisticated garden furniture.  Our green plastic one has a big chip out of the side of it, that’s the strong Welsh wind flinging it around this time (not the kids for a change!).  As we live in the sticks we rely on the internet to buy most things, my mum is horrified as she says you should test everything out first to make sure its comfy.  Well seriously how can rattan garden furniture that looks like this, be anything but comfortable!!!

I need to get hubbie to mow the lawn, it’s gone seriously overgrown and you could actually almost get lost out there.  I think I would prefer something more low maintenance, a paved area with potted plants (ideally ones that are good at looking after themselves!).  We do not have natural green fingers but we enjoy fresh air, so the place does need a tidy up…

Youngest has tried his best by doing some designs on the walls to perk the area up for me (bless), but sadly its not exactly what i had in mind...

With the sunshine finally making an appearance I am keen to have cocktails with my friends and have hubbie stationed at the BBQ for the evening.  Perhaps I could section off a little bit for my dream space meaning we are all happy outside and get one of those storage benches I can stash away all the toys out of sight (buckets and spades, seriously are they breeding you start with a set and before you know it we have hundreds of them!).  Off to nose round the Internet Gardener for more ideas… I need to stand firm and reclaim some of the space for ME!

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