Quick summer garden updates

Quick summer garden updates. I decided I’d make the most of the sun and spend some time in the garden. In my garden, there is a small patio area which is used for an outdoor seating area, and a kitchen garden with herbs.  The patio is fairly packed with wooden planters, a rusted old bench, and plenty of the same old terracotta pots.. oh, and a garden gnome!  It’s undoubtedly a lovely area but it lacks in colour and character.  I wanted to make changes that 1, wouldn’t cost too much, 2, would add colour and 3, would be quick and easy!

My first quick fix was to update the wood and wrought iron bench, which I sanded down then painted in a sky blue, outdoor gloss paint. Next on my list was the boring planters for the various herbs and flowers.  I raided the garden and greenhouse – collecting lots of different shapes and sizes of terracotta pots to paint.  I sealed the insides of all the pots before painting them in different colours.  So as not to waste paint I had several 250 ml tester pots made up in my selected colours at Homebase – they only cost £2.50 and they go a long way.  I chose bright colours with the intention of using contrasting coloured flowers for each pot.  Once all the painted pots are dry I will mix them into groupings with different pots already on the patio.

Apart from the terracotta pots I wanted to find other planters that would add further interest – first stop, my local charity and antique shops.  I was in luck and found a gorgeous old green metal watering-can which is now a planter for fresh mint.  I was also hoping to come across a couple of crates or wine boxes with interesting type or design, that I could line and use as a planter, but I wasn’t so lucky this time. From looking online, I’ve seen that Not On The High Street offer a fabulous crate which can be personalized with font and colour – click here to view.

Below are the images of my days work in the garden…


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