Well I’m sure we’ve all spent much of the last few weeks talking about the weather, however at some point this rain is going to break and it’ll be spring. I absolutely promise. Last weekend the lawn was mowed for the first time this year and James and I intend to spend next weekend in the garden getting ready for the season. Next week the weather forecast is telling me the sun is going to shine in Northamptonshire!

As mentioned last week, a new fence is high on back garden wish-list but there are lots of other little jobs we need to tackle over the coming weeks.

Clean Up

This little patio courtyard in front of my kitchen window needs some work so we’re ordering some more stones to cover the bare spots. I’ve had the leaf blower out to clear the area of debris (though clearly from these pictures I need to give it another go) and the other patios at the back of the house are waiting to be swept and scrubbed before the furniture can go back out.
JYSK Garden Furniture

Arrange Furniture

There’s something very uplifting about unveiling the garden furniture for the first time. We were very kindly gifted this super chic five-piece Vebbestrup lounge set from the lovely people at JYSK. The sturdy aluminium frame is rust resistant and the hand-woven polyrattan is weatherproof too (which let’s face it is a must for our climate). The two matching tables are great if you’re entertaining a crowd as one table is never enough. We were also impressed that the grey seat cushions were included too as I know from previous experience they’re often a spendy extra.
The cushions we’ve added are indoor but JYSK have a huge range of garden appropriate pretties for you to feast your eyes on.
It seems crazy to imagine that it’ll be hot enough to sit outside soon but I really feel we’ll be sunning ourselves soon. Anyone else share my optimism?!

Plan Your Planting Schemes

I’ve got big plans for one of the beds in our garden which essentially involves ripping everything out and starting again. We seem to have lost a lot of the plants over the cold winter so it seems like the right time to start again. I’ve been flicking through lots of gardening mags and scouring Pinterest for lots of inspiration and doing my research to get a good grasp of the eventual height and spread of plants, making a shortlist in my notebook of all the flora and fauna I want to get my hands on. I think I’ll be going for a purple and white scheme but am still undecided.

Deadheading, Pruning and Feeding

We’ve already done a lot of pruning but there’s still loads of clearing up to do and lots of the winter debris to clear away. I haven’t given anything a feed yet so I intend to go round and treat all the shrubs and climbers to a Cordon Bleu feast.

Plant Spring Containers

My mum gave me this gorgeous ranunculus for Easter which I’ve planted in a rustic style outdoor planter (also gifted from JYSK). I’m a big fan of the fabric handles and willow finish.
I’ve also planted up lots of pansies and primroses though I’ll probably hold off doing any more until we slip into petunia season next month. Although the planting mentioned in this archive planting feature are more suitable for summer, there’s lots of handy tips if you want a bit of guidance on planting up your pots.

Also it’s GREEN Weekend at JYSK both online and in-store with lots of garden related offers starting today and ending on Sunday (15th April).

What have you got planned for your garden over the next few weeks? Is anyone else already way ahead in the winter clean-up or are you waiting for fairer skies before you get the secateurs out?

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