Sunday, 7 July 2013

Inferior Inspiration #7:

Historically, I don't have much of a green thumb.  Okay, that's a huge understatement.  Every plant I've ever tried to grow or maintain has died on me.  Most impressively, I once killed a water plant during my first year of uni, and I'm not sure that's even possible.  Still, lately I've been dreaming of a beautiful, serene garden to spend these rare sunny days we've been having in.  Maybe Craig can take care of the upkeep, and I'll just enjoy the sun?

1. Gerberas (and their relatives germini) have been my very favourite flowers lately, and at the moment IKEA have them potted in a wide variety of colours for a good price.  I'm thinking about planting some in our window box, but I'm too scared they'll die! (£3)

2. This striped RAMSÖ parasol with FISKÖ base would be a must for especially hot days in my imaginary garden.  It's also from IKEA, and comes in a nice turquoise blue colour as well as the orange. (£17)

3. Ideally, Craig will be finished mowing the lawn and watering the plants by the time dinner rolls around.  A barbecue is the obvious choice, and the Portable Kettle Barbecue from John Lewis looks about the right size for two.  I am genuinely tempted by this, as it's portable, cute and in the sale, but sadly we don't have anywhere to barbecue in real life. (£20)

4. How fabulous is this fuchsia birdhouse (also from John Lewis)?  I can't decide if it's extremely tacky, or extremely awesome.  I think probably both. (£49)

5. Lanterns and candles at night make any garden beautiful, and I like the hard wearing and nautical style of the Rope Lantern from Matalan.  To me it's versatile enough to be used all year round, not just in the summer time! (£12)