March in the north and it’s still difficult to imagine that balmy summer evenings, let alone short sleeves and bare feet, are even possible.
Believe, my friends, believe.
Before you know it. Ok, in between six and 10 weeks, I’m fairly sure that it’ll get a bit warmer and we’ll be gazing at the garden and wishing we’d done something about it sooner.
That’s the thing. Summery days are so brief and fleeting that it’s vital that you’re ready to take advantage as soon as they happen.
It might be drizzling now, but this could be your view soon:
That means lurking beside the French windows with your shorts on, your paperback and your tea lights in a decorated jam jar. Home made lemonade, anyone?
Obviously, I’m exaggerating, everyone knows the jam jar isn’t necessary. But it is a good idea to get your garden sorted out sooner rather than later.
You might think that hosing the slime off the old garden furniture is enough, but you won’t be happy when your white linen dress – essential for summer – ends up with bird poo on it, will you?
Aim higher. Here’s what you could think about putting in your garden this year:
There’s the look I think of as elderly millionaire on a cruise
How about being wheeled from one shady spot to the next as the sun moves?
Or the where-has-the-roof-gone everything’s outside look
Though if I couldn’t play chess in the sitting room, I doubt the open air will help.
I love these:
I thnk of them as Wendy Houses for grown ups. Dens with gin, if you like. See, now you can understand the point…
Alternatively, the I’m so decadent, I’ve got to do everything lying down garden look.
Whatever you decide on – take a look at an online retailer such as Fishpool’s for great prices and even more exotic inspiration.
Have a lovely summer, but don’t forget your cagoule.
For more inspiration and reasonably priced garden loveliness visit Fishpools.