As soon as the summer sun shines and the flowers start to bloom, getting out in the garden seems all that bit more appealing. Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t seem to want to coordinate with my gardening efforts at the moment. I’ve spent another weekend getting wet and muddy, planting and sewing in the gloom, wondering whether my garden will actually become a marsh if it keeps raining.
The weather may be grey, but that doesn’t mean your garden has to be dreary, too. It’s easy to find attractive pots for your plants – pretty much anything will look good with a few choice blooms bursting over its edges, be it a terracotta pot, a wooden crate, a galvanised steel planter or even colanders and wellies.
The flowers won’t last all year, but there’s gardening equipment you’ll leave outside all year round, and basic essentials you’ll be using out there for weeding or seeding in all seasons. Add a splash of cheerful colour, some pretty florals or classic vintage style to your outlook, and gardening suddenly looks a bit brighter.
1. The watering can
2. The composter
3. The water butt
4. The gloves
5. The tools