April sure is a funny month isn't it? There's been highs and lows of temperatures and let's hope they're back on the rise again soon. But a glimpse of sun, or rather a lot unusually as was the case, and it doesn't take much to convince us that it's here to stay, and we're going to have the hottest summer ever (again).
Knowing me and colour, you'll not be surprised to see my first three boards contain bright colours, but even I don't do full on colour all of the time, so I've also included a couple of calmer boards too, and all of the boards contain items I love and think you will too.
That pink chair! I'm a fan of this style of chair and have seen it increasingly this year - my fear though is that it'll be much harder to store than the traditional deck chair shown below. I've a suspicion that it won't be too long before I've found a way around my dilemma - did I mention that I've scheduled in a clear out of the shed for next weekend?
A drinks trolley is also on my wish list. I know I said I wasn't sure if I was keen or not, but I've talked myself round and MOH is keen too. And, that means when he makes drinks, he'll be out of my way as he'll have his own drinks making space. I know that in reality, he'll use this space and the space he previously used, but the fine will be to make me more cocktails, so I think that's a win!
For me, summer isn't summer without a barbecue, a picnic or an ice lolly or too. Adding these all together really do bring fab times, which of course is a classic whichever way you look at it.
I told you that the first three boards were colourful, but I hope you'll agree full of summer fun. There's times - and gardens - that call for something altogether calmer, and dare I say it, more elegant. The metal tree seat is an absolute classic, but sadly wouldn't work in my garden, we'd be sitting with at least one foot in the flowerbeds.
I'm much more likely to have zinc planters, in fact I'm always on the look out for zinc planters and I'm convinced I'll find some in the junk shops of Norfolk. I keep looking, and with no joy yet, so maybe I'll given in soon and treat myself.
My final board is a nod to how our gardens can calm us, how they can be places to sit and watch the world go by. Whether that's watching the wildlife go about its business, watching the temperatures (hopefully) soar, or to relax watching the dancing flicker of a flame late into the evening.
So there you have five different mood boards providing garden inspiration, which inspires you?
* This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own.