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Moody Garden Update

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Hello Friends! It’s been far too long since my last post. Sincere apologies for the radio silence. The summer flew by with the blink of an eye and I suddenly find myself sitting here typing to the gentle sound of pitter patter from the rain outside. Autumn has definitely arrived in London.

This is my favourite season.  I love the anticipation of the change from warm to cold. It’s the season where everyone starts to bring their activities indoors, where regular outings to the park are replaced with staying in with a roast dinner simmering in the oven,  and alfresco dinners in the still light filled garden are replaced with darkening nights on the sofa with a cuddly throw.

It is also a time, when the tree’s and plants prepare for winter by changing into the most vibrant shades of red, yellow, purple and brown and when the grass is so lush, it looks like a carpet of deep velvet mint green.

It was during a recent downpour that I noticed that the grass and plants in our back garden had turned from yellow to green and that it was well on it’s way to being the “Moody Garden” that I had been planning way back in July – here.

We have since finished the improvements and I thought I’d post an update on the changes we made over the summer. It is certainly not finished, but the framework is there and my plan is the cover all the black pergola structures with climbing plants, Jasmine & Roses to add more green and lushness into the garden. It’s well on it’s way towards my ideal garden. Here are some before and after shots…

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That’s all from me today. It’s London Design Week and I have organised a couple of days to go and check out some of the exhibits going on around London. Will write again soon. xD

Photography: Doris Lee

 


Creating a Moody Garden

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When we first moved into the house over 2 years ago, the garden was overgrown with a large array of plants. It was lovely however it posed 2 problems. Firstly, I had no idea what the plants were and therefore was a little overwhelmed with where to start, and secondly, there was a 2 ft deep water feature right in the middle of the garden.

Having a 1 year old at the time that was about to learn how to walk, we decided that we wanted to be able to relax everytime we spent time outside so the first priority was to remove the water feature and fill it up. Though I was sad to see it go, filling up the hole and then laying some lawn meant that we were able to work with a blank canvas.

So 2 years on, we now find that we need to replace the shed. With that in mind, we decided that we (meaning I being the new green fingered gardening enthusiast) would spend some time thinking about what we wanted for the garden from a structural and planning perspective. This means that the garden would be setup structurally allowing us to add planting over time.

So the first thing I did was get onto pinterest and create a board. It all started with the image above and then progressed into a mood board shown below:

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The interior of our house is light and white. This is intentional because we live in a terrace with a front that faces West and the back that faces East. This means that there are parts of the day, when the house can be a little dark. The light walls, remove the feeling of it being in shadow during these times.

It was because of this, that I decided that I wanted a garden that had the opposite effect. I want to create something that mimics the clean lines of the interior however gives you the feeling of walking into a moody lush green forest.

We are now in the process of getting the structural work done which I will show when completed sometime in July. Hopefully over the next couple of years, it will become my little oasis of lushness. Somewhere I can go to even in the middle of winter and still be able to relax in the green and moodiness. What sort of garden do you prefer?

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Tuesday. xD

Image Source: via Pinterest.com


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