I have been a little garden obsessed lately. The new deck out back is starting to look like the outdoor room that I envisaged when we started this project and now I just have to wait for the plants to mature a little so that I can take some photographs. I’m a bit impatient and have to keep reminding myself that it is only May. Plenty of time, the summer has not even got started!
One of my biggest influences in garden design lately has been a gorgeous book called Gardenalia by Sally Coulthard. We featured an extract from it in the last issue of Heart Home magazine and it has become my well thumbed bible for inspirational ideas without breaking the bank.
I think we all strive to be less wasteful these days and furnishing your garden with flea market finds, country collectibles and architectural salvage is just the next step from upcycling in the home. There’s something very satisfying about re-using something that would be thrown away, or finding objects in the attic or at a car boot fair that can be used in a way that it perhaps was not intended. All you need is an open mind when you’re out and about.
Gardenalia is not just full of great ideas however. It is full of practical advice for all styles of gardens and beautiful photographs. Eye candy for the garden no less.