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The weather has teased us in recent weeks with a mixture of sunshine and rain (typically British!), but when the sun is shining, there’s no better place to be than the garden. The wonderful Anna from Blossoming Birds took advantage of the sunny weather with a fun family gathering including our amazing summer garden accessories! Let’s see her day out in the garden…
The sun has finally decided to join us and it’s so welcome! With the long, bright evenings ourÂ thoughts have now turned to getting the garden tidied up and ready for a summer filledÂ with family memories in the garden. With 2 little girls we wanted to make sure that our garden is a pretty, colourful space.Â I have the best memories as a child in my garden at home, my mum pottering around, littleÂ wild strawberries and raspberries growing up the side of my playhouse and dad taking ‘fullÂ control’ of the bbq, the smell of the bbq coal burning along with freshly cut grass, to me, isÂ the smell of summer.
My mum would have always had the handmade white linen table cloth that was passedÂ down from my granny over the table, with a fresh, colourful salad and a little Pimms orÂ white wine for her and dad.
Isn’t it the little details and the most relaxed, sunny days you always hold on to?
I really want my girls to have similar memories of their childhood in the garden and with theÂ help from Laura Ashley we have been able to accessorise a pretty little area ready for gardenÂ games and beautiful summer BBQs.
We have recently got our garden landscaped, after 5 years in the pipeline (2 little projectsÂ by the names of Bella and Annie came in between) we love it and have many shrubs andÂ bulbs planted, patiently waiting for them to flourish though I must admit my gardening skillsÂ still have room for improvement.
Next on our list was outdoor dining products so we can enjoy our dinner alfresco, whatÂ better way to dine after a long day at the office than in the garden, with the girls playingÂ before bed.
On our garden chairs we have Laura Ashley Whitby Check Seat Pads thatÂ compliment the colour of our outside doors. I am now the proud owner of my granny’s linenÂ table cloth and the Laura Ashley acrylicÂ table wear looks so crisp and clean on top of it.
There is something so lovely and also a little old fashioned about croquet and the woodÂ mixed with pastel colours, what’s not to love!
My mum and I had some fun trying to teach Bella how to play, even though it seemed golfÂ may be more suited to her. I know that we all will get many years of fun in the garden out ofÂ the set.
We are trying to encourage birds into the garden, there is nothing as peaceful as watchingÂ them especially when sitting looking out whilst enjoying breakfast in the morning. We haveÂ added some feeding areas, a bird box and this beautiful white bird bath from Laura Ashley,Â hopefully we will have some lovely warm days to watch the birds cool down and splash inÂ the bath.
Getting evenings out together as a couple are few and far between when the girls are soÂ young but there is something special about getting the girls tucked into bed for the night,Â bringing the monitor down and having a drinkÂ as the sun sets. The glass bottleÂ lights with beautiful twine detail and the duck egg blue lantern is the perfect way to add aÂ romantic feel in the evening, I can imagine them hung up around the garden when havingÂ friends over for bbqs, when you start to add the layers as we are still in the U.K, they willÂ create a cosy, relaxed vibe.
Summer, we are really looking forward to having you and the fun memories yet to be made.
Thank you to Anna for showing us her new summer garden accessories! Which one is your favourite? Let us know below or on Twitter @LauraAshleyUK