Amsterdam is one of the prettiest, friendly laid back cities I have every had the pleasure to visit. In this city you don’t even need your own outside space to enjoy being outside amongst your very own cultivated blooms.The tolerant nature of the free spirits that live in this city means that you can just put your bench and pots out on the pavement and enjoy.
and even if there is no opportunities to fill the pavement well never fear, create your tiny blooming place inside – genius
Attracting birds into even the most urban of streets by hanging feeders….. in cities where people care and contemplate human existence and the importance of connecting with nature, even the city centres become a haven for plants and wildlife.
As most of the hard work in the garden gets done in autumn, early winter and early spring, by late spring and summer it is time to tools down, sit, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a long cool drink with a bit of light pruning on the side. A crucial requirement for this is a place to sit and enjoy the views from every angle. Here are some of the spots in my space that help me do just that.
Patio chairs and table surrounded by a lemon tree, geraniums, jasmine, basil, bay and lavender. For a small terrace or patio all of these can be planted in containers around your dining area to bring a little piece of the mediterranean to your space. The lemon, lavender and jasmine flowers will fill the air with a delicious scent on a summers evening.
The same patio in spring – pop a big bowl of your favourite spring bloomers on the table, muscari and daffodils are in this one, and with the all year round blooming lemon tree as a backdrop it brings a little bit of glamour to your patio – Paris in the Spring anyone? Just step outside.
Cute and convenient – this ceramic stool can be easily moved around and is great extra outdoor seating that doesn’t take up much space. It adds a dash of bright colour on a dull day. I popped this one outside my bedroom door. Perfect for those moments when you just want to be away with the birds!
This bench was hand made from the same wood as the decking, it was concieved, built and hand-painted by the amazingly talented Frex, it is a great sunny spot to sit in spring and shady in summer, it also doubles as a display for spring planted pots and acts as extra outdoor storage.
Simple but effective, this bench was made from a slice of wood cut to order at a timber merchants in the lake district and is supported on circular slices of log, it is simple and rustic and gives that lovely low level of seating so you can really sit “in” your space, simple to assemble.
One of my favourite places to sit, the sunken deck, here you can view the garden on another dimension and really ” get amongst it”, for a summer garden party I usually pop in some cushions to make it extra comfy
The sunken deck lined with artificial grass, we use it like a rug and roll it out on those hot days when all you want to do is lie but the grass it too wet also ideal for a small space where you don’t have a lawn …………
This image was taken before I had my side terrace built. I was gearing up for the planting in the area so I test planted in big pots. I wanted a tropical feel in this slightly shaded area of the garden and it inspired me to see that a tiny space with the right planting could be heaven (tropical heaven) on earth. The chair is surrounded by Elocassia, hardy palms, ferns and bamboo to give that tropical feel. Another good tropical-like plant but tough as old boots is fatsia japonica which features in my wrap round tropical terrace. All can be grown in pots and containers and can really give your terrace or balcony an amazingly tropical evergreen feel.
Spotted in Ireland on a beautiful walk in co. Kilkenny – this one just had to be shared – a garden bench handcrafted from nature
A great idea for a small space, plant up a tree of your choice in a large pot, this one is an olive tree, make a wooden top to for the pot and create a table – a garden, a dining space and a light shade all in one. Perfect for tiniest of patios or balconies
This pretty dining set spotted recently in columbia road market – a great place for all your gardening needs (perfect size for a small terrace or balcony)