It's got to the time of year when we almost expect the weather to be good hasn't it? And by good, I mean warm enough to sit in the garden without adding an English summer 'layer' (aka a cardy) and generally over the past few weeks, I think we've done ok.
As ever some days have been better than others, but it's also clear that our garden furniture has also seen better days. Pondering this I realised it's been a while since I spent an afternoon sprucing it up. But, I think it's getting to the time to give it some more attention, don't you?
Teak garden furniture is a classic, but yet on-trend choice for garden furniture, we've had this set since 2008 and apart from that one scrub have done very little with it. We should do more, I'm sure but the silvering has a certain appeal, and if I'm honest you forget how good it looks when it's cleaned and spruced up.
This year for the first time that I can remember I've moved our houseplants out into the garden, and they seem to be really enjoying it. But as you can see, they'd look better if the table had some care. But it's relatively easy to give teak outdoor furniture some TLC and improve its looks and longevity, and it's a task this time I'll be delegating to MOH (he doesn't know yet!)
I read somewhere that it's going to be a good year for strawberries this year, and so far that prediction has been proven right. We're currently in strawberry overload from the plot and the plants we have in our garden are also producing fruits, which they don't always do. I love a strawberry or two, so I'm very much in the "long may it continue" camp - what about you?
MOH though is getting to the "what strawberries and cream again" point so let me know your best ways of using a glut of strawberries.
We're off to Gardeners' World Live tomorrow and I'm fully expecting to be "assaulted" by lots of loveliness, for the garden and for my tummy, as there's also entry to BBC Good Food Live too. It's my first time at the show, so it'll be interesting to compare it to both the house and garden shows I've been to this year.
But I bet I'll see plenty of garden furniture, and I bet plenty of it will be teak too.
* This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own.