Back to DIY and Ronseal, we really have just about finished our house and we really are working on the garden now, which I find an absolute joy…it is so much less stressful and so much more fun than doing up a house – you don’t have to live in it for a start.

patio before

Our garden, before we actually started gardening!

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Crumbs, the progress we have made is just incredible…



Please don’t say that you preferred it before!
It looks a bit bare in these pics, taken last summer…the planting has recently become a bit more intense…



It is not quite ‘there’…would actually like it to be more dense than this and more coastal….I am looking for more silvery leafed plants and more grasses…

The great thing is there are no rules…you can do anything – you can paint the walls and fences blue, you can stick furniture in – it does not have to be ‘garden furniture’, it can be any furniture that you don’t mind getting wet! You can spend a lot of money on a garden of course – you can go the ‘outside room’ route and get major building work done if you want – and that is not money thrown away: a user friendly, stylish garden definitely adds to the value and saleability of a house. Alternatively, you can just ‘potter’: you can grow veg, scrounge cuttings from friends – try a plant swap with tea and cake every now and then – great fun!


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