Lying in my hammock under the shade of the old apple tree, swaying gently in the soft breeze, I’ve been inspired to share some of my favourite garden photographs with you. They range from pictures of the poshest furniture to images of the most makeshift. Whether it’s sunshine or shade you’re seeking there’s something for everyone, from small children and animals, to grown men.
Petersham Nursery is a must for anyone who loves a traditional walled garden and quirky antiques. Set amidst the water meadows of Richmond and Kew it is a stone’s throw from the Thames’ towpath and a great place to treat yourself to a delicious slice of cake and delicate teas.
If your preference is to stay at home and enjoy the peace and tranquility of your own surroundings what better way to relax than in this gorgeous swing seat. Available in many different colour combinations and styles visit www.oddlimited.com for details.
Sometimes staying at home isn’t enough and the temperate climate of a foreign continent beckons. These chairs in a garden overlooking Hermanus Bay are the perfect place to sit and whale watch in the South African springtime.
Closer to home these small children have found happiness in this makeshift hammock. I’m not sure if it is attached to the washing line but looking at the shadows in the background I think it very likely.
Some animals are plain spoilt, whilst others have to fend for themselves and find a shady spot under the table.
It always gives me great pleasure to dress a table for meal time, even more so when it is the garden. In the photograph above hand-painted china plates and bowls sit amidst fresh flower posies and decorative napkins.
Nowadays, it is very fashionable to mix and match dining chairs, whereas it used to be out of necessity. I am particularly fond of these bistro chairs which have been reinvented many times over with a fresh coat of paint.
Lastly, I love these bronze statues sitting on this old wooden bench on the Isle of Wight. I wonder what they’re talking about and whether they are enjoying a rare moment of relaxation….