How to Brighten Up Your Garden in A Cheap and Easy Way
I used to enjoy gardening. I’m not particularly good at it and I sometimes struggle to know the difference between a weed and a plant, but I do like a bit of colour in the garden. Over the past ten years or so my enjoyment of gardening has waned. A combination of small children and bad weather has meant that I’ve lost my patience. I always used to like an abundance of pots and a couple of hanging baskets, but recent sodden summers have meant that my plants have perished. So I gave up.
Living in a more established house (built in 1960) the garden is fairly interesting anyway. Lots of trees and shrubs. The husband’s parents paid for us to have artificial lawn laid last year which does make the garden look amazing. This year I have felt the need to add a burst of colour as the garden feels decidedly green!
My first thoughts were bedding plants although those were my first thoughts this time last year. I bought the plants and the big bag of compost. The compost is still exactly where I left it leaning against a wall on the patio, unopened. The plants ended up taking an extended trip to the green recycling bin once it became apparent to the husband that I wasn’t going to do anything with them (probably by late August).
I had a look at a couple of websites for inspiration and I came across some artificial plants. Yes I know what you are thinking but the fact is these ‘plants’ have come a long way since the garish silk looking unbelievable dahlias of my youth. I found some that look the business and not particularly expensive either. If you are new to Siena Says then I must explain that I am definitely on the frugal side of things owing to our reduced circumstances. So I went to B and M and IKEA. I already had some fakers in the kitchen from IKEA so I knew that they produce some reasonable lookey likies. Unfortunately I do not have a very good track record when it comes to house plants. I think the family secretly refer to me as the Angel of Death behind my back. Even Venus Flytraps quiver when the idea of me becoming their adoptive parent is mooted. Anyway enough of my green-fingered short comings. I trotted off to the shops and I came back with some great finds. Hopefully as you can see by my photos. Everything is artificial and I even recycled last year’s compost to plant them with to give an authentic look!
So there you have it, proof that you don’t have to be Alan Titchmarsh to get your garden looking pretty and a new stay of execution for all bedding plants out there, you are safe from my clutches for this year at least. Time will tell how well they will stand up to our delightful monsoon season summers, but even if they only last this year they will have brightened up the space and brought me a little ‘thank God I don’t have to water you buggers’ respite!
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