I am sitting in my garden at the moment of writing this. I am sitting underneath my Apple tree in the shade as it’s so hot! My garden is the place I come to when I feeling stressed. It’s also the place I go to think, exercise, relax and chill out. Infact, I would much prefer to potter about in my garden than watching TV.
In the Summer, we all enjoy our gardens; being outside, pottering in the greenhouse, weeding and completing small jobs ready for the cooler (and wetter) months. But I also think it’s a time when we can really take a hard look at the garden and to plan what it may need next. So, whilst you are enjoying your garden, why don’t you start thinking about your garden summer dreams?
Attract More Wildlife
The Old House garden already has lots of wildlife such as butterflies, bees, slow worms, hedgehogs, dragonflies and newts but you can never encourage enough wildlife in my opinion! We garden organically so no chemicals allowed. Many of the plants we have, encourage insects; we have a meadow area, an area of stinging nettles and lots of flowers which the bees and butterflies love. We added a wildlife pond in the spring which is the best way to help wildlife find your garden. Get a plant pot and tip it upside down, and have a good place for them to hide out in as well!
A Good Lawn Space
If you don’t have a good lawn for your kids to play on, to camp out on, to run around on, and for you to just kickback on a sun lounger on, you’re really missing out. However, in this continuing heat, my lawn is just a brown mess that even the dog doesn’t want to lie on! It’s crispy, yet somehow the odd weed still continues to grow.
You don’t even need to commit to growing a green space all on your own, as there’s plenty of artificial options out there that can be cheaper in the long term, and have far less maintenance involved in taking care of them! Look into options such as LazyLawn if you’re sick and tired of your lawn looking like a brown crispy mess or if you are forever watering it! In our last house, we had artificial grass as the space was tiny and north facing. In the winter, the area was muddy and the children and dog were forever bringing it into the house.
If you are like me, you will spend your time browsing plant, seed and bulb catalogues during the summer! I love deciding which bulbs I will plant in the Autumn and which plants may need moving in the garden. I plan to plant more frittillaria as I love their dainty little flowers. I need to move the hydrandea that I planted in the spring as it clearly has struggled in the heat as I hadn’t realised that it gets more sun that I first thought where it is.
What are you garden summer dreams this year?
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.