Before Photo of the bottom of our Garden & the mini Bluebell Meadow the day we moved in and our shed after it's makeover.
Inspiration - While working on my book Selina Lake Outdoor Living I visited some really inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces like the David Austin Rose Garden and Sarah-Jane Down The Lane's fabulous Buttercup Field where I styled the table setting below. I also find lots of inspiration via Pinterest - here are some of my favourites Pins from my Home and Garden board.
I'm also having a go at growing Hollyhocks, Salvia, Delphiniums, Larkspur, Poppies and Antirrhinum (or Snap Dragons as I call them) from seed. These will be a gorgeous addition and will hopefully attract bumble bees to our garden. After my husband gave our shed a makeover we started making the area in front of it into a herb garden with Lavender, Russian sage, oregano, rosemary and thyme. I'm planning to grow some edible flowers here too and I've just successfully moved some wild garlic from another area of our garden.
Aswell as seeds I also have quite a few Gladioli bulbs to start planting out soon, I want to plant some every week for the next couple of months in the hopes of having a succession of blooms throughout the summer, I love this green star variety from Homebase. This weekend I will be planting some ranunculus and hollyhock plants which I also bought from Homebase as I'm eager to get my newly dug over flower beds filled up!! (Fingers crossed for frost free days from now on!)
I will be doing an 'After' post in the Summer when hopefully I'll be sharing images of my cottage garden in full bloom - wish me luck! I'd love to hear what your planning to sow/plant in your gardens and any cottage garden gardening tips would be much appreciated! Right Gardening Gloves at the ready...