Eking Out The Last Drops Of Summer In Your Garden

Sunday, September 17, 2017

As Bob Dylan would say, the times they are a-changin’ and you can feel it dropping chillier and getting slightly darker by the day. Many of us look forward to summer for months, and before we know it, the warm weather disappears in an instant, and it’s time to head indoors and get cosy again. The trouble is that there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time outdoors and if you feel let down by the British summer, you may not be ready to abandon your garden just yet. If you’re keen to eke out the final drops of summer outside, here are some top tips to help you enjoy every moment. 

Throw a party
As soon as the summer sun rears its beautiful head, we tend to embrace alfresco dining and drinking and invite friends and family over. It may be getting darker earlier, but the imminent arrival of autumn doesn’t mean that you have to give up hosting duties just yet. What better way to celebrate the last few days of summer than to throw a party and round off the season in style? Prolong the sense of optimism and happiness with a vibrant fancy dress theme or decorate your garden in a tropical Hawaiian style to make your guests feel like they’re enjoying an exotic holiday abroad. Mix up some cocktails, fire up the music and hang out some outdoor lights for later. Go for a simple buffet style selection of tapas dishes or picnic classics or dust down the barbeque one last time. 

Autumn-proofing your garden
If you’re one of those people who likes to retreat to the garden after a stressful day at work or you love sitting and listening to music and enjoying a cup of tea with the paper at the weekends, there are some great ways of autumn-proofing your garden. Check out sites like patiomate.co.uk to read reviews of patio heaters and look at options like chimineas and fire pits if you’re keen to enjoy your garden all year round. It’s also a good idea to stock up on rustic throws and blankets. If you’re worried about rain, you may wish to consider additions like awnings and gazebos. 

Switching up your style
We tend to embrace different styles indoors when the seasons change, and there’s no reason why you can’t adopt the same strategy outside. In the summer when it’s warm, you may opt for bright colours, light fabrics and floral displays and ornaments. When it’s cooler, channel that cosy vibe by adding textures like wool and faux fur to your seating area, using lanterns and lamps to light the space and choosing darker shades for accessories. Opt for rustic wooden planters filled with perennials rather than hanging baskets full of vibrant colours. If you’re struggling for inspiration, take a look at pinterest.com/dwinterspw/outdoor-planters-pots/

Summer is fading into a distant memory, but you don’t have to abandon all plans to enjoy your garden just yet. If you’re eager to eke out those final moments, take these tips on board to celebrate the summer and usher in the autumn in style.

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