I love a simple sewing project. Something whereby the results belie the limited skill and knowledge that I actually possess. The desire to create is there but the time to practise, often not. Sitting down at a sewing machine makes me feel all creative but straight lines don’t come naturally to me and my dream of knocking up a chic little shift dress is potentially an unobtainable one.
Having lived the majority of my adult life in a city centre apartment with a small balcony and then in a new build house with only a marginally bigger outdoor space, it’s safe to say that my gardening skills are somewhat lacking. Even naming flowers is a stretch for me. Pretty? Yes. Identifiable? Hmm, not really.
When I first started thinking about our garden and potential plans for it, I turned to gardening magazines for inspiration. While they did offer a few useful features, they also whisked me back fifteen years to when I bought my first home and thought it would be a good idea to look at architect and interior designer-owned abodes in Ideal Home for inspiration.