Giving nature a little helping hand.

We’ve got a small garden so I’m always looking for ways to make the most of the space. Whether that’s creating a section for the children at the back, or adding mirrors and lights to create a sense of space.

The thing I love about gardens is that the seasons bring their own challenges, whether that losing the comforting veil of green in winter, to the overgrowth of plants and bushes at the end of summer. bottom line is I’ll always lose when I go up against nature. Those pesky roots I think I’ve finally beaten bide their time then reappear weeks later.

The wind battered walls get painted regularly but still they look worn and need another coat by the end of winter.¬†That’s why I love to add flashes of plastic and glass. A huge mirror on that wall looks amazing and I can bring it in when the weather turns. I’ve created dens using plastic acrylic sheets in bright colours.

We’ve even grown tiny new tomato plants in brightly coloured tubes to add a little colour. There’s a great selection at www.simplyplastics.com¬†with everything from flourescent tubes to mirrors, clear plastics and brightly coloured sheets.

This summer I’m planning a bit of a colour crazy kids section where they can plant seeds in the flourescent tubes, put mirrors up and create some games with plastic squares. My son has already suggested a colour version of hop scotch!

I love the natural world but punctuated with a little colour imagination and I can make my garden a fantastic little haven.

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