As a result of the sunshine this week I have spent a lot of time outside enjoying the weather while it lasts. Although I didn’t manage have any BBQs this week, I did spend time outside sipping ice cold drinks, listening to good tunes and enjoying the sun right down to the last rays as it set below the hills and out of sight.
As such my attention was (like a lot of others I expect) drawn to my neglected, unloved and weather-beaten garden and patio. If any of you live in Northern Ireland you will fully understand how a little bit of sunshine totally diverted my attention from indoor styling to the outdoors.
Seeking inspiration I have spent some time scouring the internet for ideas that could breathe some much needed life into the outside of my house. I thought I’d share some of the favourite pieces I found that I think would jazz up any outdoor space no matter how big or small.
My garden expectations have been dashed with the poor weather of late,l. So much for the beginning of Summer!
I wouldn’t class myself as a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, but as I like my home in order I like my garden as such.
With most of my ideas, this one came from Instagram/Pinterest and I figured that it was simple enough for me to master independently!
My plan was to use a ladder to put my herbs on, so everything wasn’t sitting in a boring clump on the patio.
I initially planned on buying a ladder from the local garden centre to achieve this. Luckily I ran this idea past Mum in conversation and she knew of two ladders I could choose from which were in her garage! Result!
I opted for the small one, and I learned my Dad made it in wood work at school as one of his first projects, so immediately I abandoned the idea to paint it, and keep it as it was with its rustic charm. Ta da! Here is the finished look. I have a feeling that I will change about the pots a few more times until I’m completely happy!!
On the steps I have chives, parsley, thyme, mint, lavender (more for sensory than to use) and Nasturtium. I try to use fresh herbs when I’m cooking, and this will be super convenient. I am especially looking forward to using the nasturtium flowers in summer salads, I love their peppery taste. Also looking forward to making Mojitos with the fresh mint!
How have you displayed your herb garden? Or do you have any clever ideas to share? I would love to hear from you!