Regular readers will know that we have been doing a lot of work to our gardens, mostly the back using recycled products to create borders and a sandpit for the children. However front of the house says a lot about the occupants. Mine currently says “work in progress”. Joking aside we have done A LOT to the front but there is still A LOT to do. Firstly we cut back and removed most of the greenery from the flower bed which runs alongside the path. The soil in this area isn't great so I put a layer of wood bark over the top. Some of the trees need actually planting into the ground and the hanging baskets need doing, I'd like to get some flowers growing in some of the large stone pots and chimneys. We have a gate to go up too and I'm hoping to replace the fencing, but as always the good old British weather hampers play and Daddy Moo is always busy. I think I'll have to accept that the beautiful garden I desire is another year away!
Here are some things that non gardeners like me can do to tart up the front garden area a bit.
Keep it tidy : (I may or may not have pruned a little before taking this photo!)
Daddy Moo loves the bush in front of the window – me not so much! But if you are going to have something like this you need to keep trimming it back away from the door and window. Autumn is a great time to cut everything back ready for the next year, as who wants to be outside in the cold pruning! We also planted a cutting from our old passion flower vine which is now climbing up some trellis which I painted with left over from the Shutter Upcycling challenge, give it a few months and it will make a lovely arch over the porch.
There were no lights outside and with the children going to so many after school clubs we needed something in the Winter. We decided to go for LED solar lights as this way we didn't need to hire an electrician. Only we couldn't decide what we liked best, the solar wall lights or topiary balls? So we went for one of each. Those of you who like things uniformed look away!
The solar wall light provides a good deal of light around the door which is great and it's excellent value. The solar powered topiary ball with 20 bright LED lights charges during the day via a little box and lights up at night. On full charge, you'll get 8 hours of continuous shine time. It has 2 modes, static or flashing I prefer the static. It's really pretty and I'd love a few more to put in pots.
Who doesn't like to pretty things up a little! I love this brown lizard garden wall art with coloured stones set into the body, Daddy Moo bought his sister a butterfly one a few years ago and I've always been very jealous. He literally hangs from one screw making it easy to put up. I think he looks awesome climbing up the front of the house.
I also picked up a cute little red fake tea lite at a pre-launch of a Homesense Superstore, which I've hung on the trellis. It's so cute I just have to remember to turn it on & off!! It was in the Christmas section and literally a few £'s.
I'd love to also get a new front door but for now I might have to be happy with a new mat!! At least I have my pinterest board to moon over!
Products from :
LED Hut – LED solar wall light (affiliate link)
PK Green Shop – Topairy Ball £23.99 (we were sent this product for free)
Gardens 2 you – Lizard Garden Wall Art £24.95 (Use Discount Code: CHARLIE10 at the Gardens 2 you checkout to receive 10% off your order) (we were sent this product for free)