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Garden room ideas for this summer

Posted by admin on Apr 21, 2016 under Gardening

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You’ve organised and perfected every last detail in each room of your home, and it’s been domestic bliss during the winter months. But there’s one more room you haven’t thought of. A garden room. Now the weather’s changing and for the first time this year we can venture outside without multiple layers, a scarf and coat. The sun is back and your garden is in need of revival. But where do you start in creating your own sheltered outdoor slice of serenity.

What is a garden room?

If you don’t know already, a garden room is a specific area in your backyard, it is an area for seating, for basking in the British summer time (and hopefully some sun). It’s a chance to add a touch of interior design outdoors.

Where to start

Choose the right spot

This is essential to make the most of the space you have. Some gardens lend themselves to garden rooms with very little effort required to creation and others may need extra thought and planning. The goal is to create the effect of a living, breathing room just like a sitting room in your house, but, in most cases, minus four walls.

Garden room design ideas

One of the defining features of a garden room is the ability to sit and eat outside which makes it a decorative yet functional space that can be enjoyed. But there are many different styles of garden rooms to choose from, here’s a selection of the best ideas.

The different styles of garden rooms:

Open-air

Garden room open air

These garden rooms require no housing or walls to enclose the space. The above example uses an elegant table set-up set on a backdrop of curved overhead arches to draw focus to the centre and give a feel for the indoors outside. They’ve used floral-themed glass ornaments as centrepieces and added wine glasses and bowls of fresh bread. A set of rustic wicker chairs upon a red-brick patio and overhanging vines give a feel of Italian countryside manor to this LA garden.

Purpose-built structure

Garden rooms summer house

If space (and cash) is not an issue then you can create your garden room as a free-standing separate structure in your garden. This is effectively a summerhouse, but the cedar panelled ‘eco’ style makes it slot into its surrounding effortlessly. Complete with a grass roof, heating and lighting, it’s certainly big enough to turn it into the room of your choice; study, games room, kitchen or guest lodge. And best of all its unlikely it will require planning permission.

Open-plan

Garden Room open plan

Some houses have the ability to transform the space between the indoors and the outdoors. Most people use French doors, but these houses do things a little differently. The veranda of this property is open to the elements, and leads straight from the kitchen. The design of this garden room is impeccable, and we should hope so as it was the thought child of architect, Jonathan Tuckey. The 4.3 metre long collapsible table is set upon grey wood flooring panels and a built-in bench lines the foreground.

Natural

Garden rooms natural setting

Aside from trying to make a space resemble a house or specific room that you’d traditionally find indoors, some people have bucked the trend and made their garden rooms at one with nature. Simplicity is this glorious terrace designs strength. And with a few intelligent touches, is something that can be replicated in most gardens. Wisteria is grown over a pergola and the branches are suspended with ties. The pergola frame has been painted a dark green to blend with the foliage making it almost invisible. Cast iron lanterns are hung on all four corners and the white cushions and furnishings have been chosen to compliment the white flowering.

Create your own design

Bathroom garden room

Image credit to: www.home-designing.com

You truly can make your garden room in to whatever you like. Far from the standard seating area many garden rooms achieve, this garden room has glass window doors and a standalone ceramic double bath looking out over the rest of the garden. Privacy is not a primary concern for this design, but would be perfect as a romantic setting at night or a refreshing soak when the sun rises.

All images credit to: houseandgarden.co.uk

Guide to spring cleaning your garden

Posted by admin on Mar 24, 2016 under Gardening

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Spring has officially kicked in and there’s no denying that as soon as a single ray of sunshine shines bright, we Brits go a little crazy for a touch of warm weather. December was the ‘mildest’ month on record and our gardens and fields have been fooled into thinking spring started early as daffodils began to bloom.

You may be thinking about sprucing up your garden and dusting off your shovels, spades and lawn mowers to tackle winter’s depository of dead weeds and shrubs. However, the thought of cleaning up your garden sounds like a nightmare to the majority of people and will often enough invite a gardener to do the hard work they wish to avoid. But if you love nothing more than spending your Sunday afternoons in the garden, you may be asking how best to spruce up your garden. Tidying up your garden involves a number of steps; owning your garden, adding a spring stimulant, organising your new plants, adding a colour scheme and ordering your furniture.

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First things first is to make sure your garden doesn’t own you, but you own it! Your garden at this time of year will need a lot of TLC and you will need to grab your garden sheers and cut away anything that looks like it needs a new lease of life. Dead weeds, shrubs and heads of flowers will need to be cut away; making space for new roots to grow back. Once you have completed this process, your garden may look bare and a little too ‘brown’ for your liking, but with the ground still a little damp, it will be easier to pull out weeds and to plant new flowers and perennials. Remember to test the soil first and then add a sprinkling of fertiliser to your plant beds.

Once you have visited your local garden centre and purchased all the plants you want, you may need to divide and conquer where you plan to plant them. Perennials will need a little more thought than your average pansy or geranium. You must bear in mind where there is enough light as without light, your perennials will not bloom to full capacity. Map the path of the sun as spring/summer ushers in and ascertain where is best to plant as you may have chosen a spot that is hidden under a canopy of shrubbery, that provides a lot of shade and will prevent growth.

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Now your garden is ready to blossom in all its glory, you can begin to think about garden furniture. You may have covered last year’s outdoor table and chairs or you’re thinking about purchasing a brand new teak garden table.

Whatever you choose there are a number of things to consider.

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Once the sun decides to grace us with its presence, gardening retailers will have some of the best deals on the market. For many, designing the look of your garden is the best part; and depending on the colour scheme of your flower arrangements, your garden furniture will match. If you own a teak garden furniture set or bespoke wooden garden furniture set, spring cleaning is a must-have. It is entirely safe to leave your set outdoors during the winter months, however, you will most likely have an accumulation of dirt, moss and mould. To clean your garden set, all you need is fresh water to remove dust and dirt. If plain water does not entirely work, try warm water with a touch of soap and use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to wipe. Once you have dusted off your furniture or purchased a new set, you are ready to decorate. Perhaps, you will order cushions to match your parasol or you will have a spacious patio area for sun loungers.

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Whatever you choose, spring cleaning your garden is a necessity. To ensure you make the most of British summer (the few days we have), sprucing up your garden begins with tidying up last season’s mess. Despite it being a chore, it can be enjoyed by the entire family and once your garden is maintained for spring/summer, you can sit back and relax and soak up the sun with a well-deserved glass of Pimms!

Aphids – How Dangerous Are These Garden Pests in Reality?

Posted by Irene on Nov 3, 2011 under Gardening

Aphids are every gardener’s nightmare. Curled leaves and clusters of microscopically small black, green or white creatures beneath the leaves or plant stalks covered with a thick layer of tiny insects are without a doubt a sign of aphid infestation. Although they are extremely small, aphids can cause severe damage to garden plants because they feed on plant sap and always attack plants in huge amounts. But are they really as dangerous to your garden plants as most gardeners claim? Right the opposite, they usually do not cause any substantial damage in otherwise healthy and well established gardens. Let’s see why.

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Gardening in Harmony with the Nature

Posted by Irene on Oct 28, 2011 under Gardening

Gardening is a lovely hobby. But a lot of work needs to be done before you are able to enjoy a blooming garden or/and harvest lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, successful gardening requires much more than just sowing and occasional watering. As a gardener, you have to prevent the weeds from overtaking your garden and the pests from harming your plants. However, not all insects and weeds are harmful. On the contrary, many can help you produce even more fruits and vegetables, and enhance the beauty of your flower garden. Surprised? Well, do not be because the more wildlife species visit your garden the better as no species can prevail over the other when a balance is created between the garden visitors. Furthermore, a balance between the creatures living or visiting your garden also prevents the pests from multiplying to the extent to cause damage to your garden plants. After all, the chemical pesticides and fertilizers were introduced only in the 20th century. And if the garden pests would really be so dangerous, there would not be any garden plants left by now.

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Choosing the Right Garden Location

Posted by Irene on Oct 26, 2011 under Gardening

Creating a garden on a place you consider most appropriate may not be the best idea. The thing is that the majority of garden plants prefer sunny areas and should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Many of them will grow in partly or completely shaded areas as well, however, they will not be as beautiful as if planted on a sunny location. What is more, improper garden location increases the risk of pests and diseases which can spread to the healthy plants, while some plants may fail to produce blossoms or/and fruits if not receiving enough sunlight.

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How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables Without the Use of Pesticides

Posted by Irene on Oct 26, 2011 under Gardening

The pests can seriously affect the yield and in worst case even kill the garden plants. What is worse, they are nearly impossible to keep out from the garden. However, chemical pesticides have been show to be the worst possible solution. They may help control the pests but they are severely toxic to the environment as well as human health. Furthermore, some types of pesticides cannot be washed off or even peeled off which means that garden fruits and vegetables are not as healthy as they were long thought to be. But there is a way to avoid the use of these extremely toxic chemicals and harvest lots of delicious fruits and vegetables. How? By organic gardening.

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