It is no secret that I love gardening much more than I love doing my housework. The thrill of getting mud stuck behind my painted fingernails is like heaven to me. The earthy aroma of a damp spring garden intoxicates me and beckons me out from my cosy, warm house into my winter neglected back yard.
I scan the mess and feel disillusioned. Where do I start? I could quite easily turn my back and head back inside but I know if I don't make a start now, summer will arrive and I'll be devastated that I can't potter about and drink my Earl Grey on the deck in the morning sunshine.
First thing is first, Get my huge Eucalyptus tree cut right back because it has grown so much in the past four years that I struggle to even get any sunshine in the garden. Nothing near it will grow and the garden is quite shady. Once that is professionally completed by a local tree surgeon, I get to work burning old rotten wood and twigs that had accumulated over the winter. Where does it come from? It baffles me. I guess I have a scrap wood pixie.
The weather is bitter cold but the warmth of the bonfire keeps me going. slowly the wood pile vanishes. A few trips to the tip with stuff that I can't burn and the garden is clear. We use the wood chippings from the Eucalyptus to create a tidy play area at the bottom of the garden and the logs that we asked the tree surgeon to leave behind have been neatly stacked to season ready for the log burner at Christmas.
I'm exhausted, cold to the bone and I ache from every muscle but as I stand back and admire my work I feel elated. My garden is almost ready for the summer. My hard work has most definitely paid off.
I love that Hubby ripped down the rotten pergola and created a new deck from old shipping crates. He even managed to build me raised beds that I have filled with pretty buddleja bushes to create a butterfly oasis come the summer.
My garden has been completely transformed from a wreck into a tidy place to relax. I have used and recycled everything I could get my hands on for furniture, but a lot of it is old and on it's last legs. I dream of adding a touch of luxury to my garden with some beautiful seating for chilling with the family, a firepit for toasting marshmallows, a decent BBQ for summer gatherings and Cocktail making accessories. I would create an outside room where we can all sit and relax as a family.
Debenhams have an Easter bloggers garden makeover competition live at the moment. They are giving away an Easter garden party set worth £1500, including a garden furntiture set, BBQ and more. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is create a mood board on your blog with five garden products from Debenhams and tell them why you would love to win.
I would love to win as a reward for all my hard work out in the garden this spring. Adding a touch of luxury to my garden makeover would be an absolute dream come true for me. It would make my life!