Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

Anyone for tea?…

Last week Laura commented that our garden looked a lovely place to sit, so I thought as a slight change to my usual update on the happenings in the garden I would give you a little tour of our seats!!

I like being able to sit in the garden, looking at the flowers and listening to the birds, so I’ve incorporated several seats into our garden design over the years so we can now follow the sunshine around the garden! The garden faces slightly south-east I think, so the right hand side gets the morning sun and the left gets the afternoon sun.

The first seating area was my rose arbour, this is actually arbour number two as the first one eventually rotted. This one was a bit of a treat as my friend and I had admired them for several years at the Harrogate show and one year we finally managed to buy one each. I love it, especially the little shelves for a cup or a glass.

Listening to the dawn chorus from my arbour.

It overlooks the patio and the bird feeders, it has a Generous Gardener rose climbing up one side and a clematis up the other. It’s where I sat the other morning to listen to the dawn chorus. My OH doesn’t find it very comfortable, but I like having my morning coffee there, it get’s the morning sun.

In the circle of a patio we have what’s called a bistro set, a little table and two folding metal chairs. Even when we’re sat here the birds will often still use the feeders. This is my OH’s favourite place for morning coffee.

When we got married back in 2007 we bought ourselves a hexagonal summerhouse. I love it, I painted it soft green outside and cream inside. It’s got family photos, candle holders, comfy chairs and an old fashioned trolley. It’s great in all weathers, if I’m gardening and a light shower of rain starts, I’ll often pop in there whilst it passes – if I go inside I invariably don’t get out again! If there’s a bit of wind or a bit of a nip in the air, it’s lovely to have somewhere out of the weather to sit and have a coffee. I also like it in the summer to get some shade. It’s even nice on a warm evening in the summer with a glass of wine by candlelight.

A couple of years ago I realised that the area I had planted with lots of beds and narrow paths which was also overrun with weeds, was also the area of the garden which got the afternoon and evening sun. A redesign was called for, I dug the whole area up, levelled it and made a gravelled area, my Amber & Amethyst garden. Last year I built an arch and bought a seat to go under it. I’ve planted some clematis at each side, looking forward to the day when it’s covered – so far the blooms are beautiful but barely seat height!

I’m still tempted to repaint the seat, it’s just a bit bright in cream!

When we cleared my mum’s house and garden a couple of years ago when she went into a carehome, these chairs and table nearly went in the skip as they do look a bit on the shabby side, but then we sat in them! They’re actually plastic and they are so comfortable! The table isn’t too stable so you do have to keep hold of your glass of wine, but on a hot spring or summer afternoon it’s a lovely place to sit and chat over a glass of chilled white wine!

From here you look over to the pond area, it’s a lovely little view at the moment, Hubert the heron is disappearing behind the foliage and the flowers already…

Of course if the weather is really bad we can just sit in the conservatory and watch the birds from the comfort of a settee…

So anyone fancy a cup of Yorkshire Tea?

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

  1. Laura says:

    Oh, Margaret! I would come right over for that cup of Yorkshire tea, if I could, and I would sit in every lovely area that you have created! πŸ™‚

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  2. I’ll say I am ready for a cup of Yorkshire tea and a good gab at one of your seating areas. They all look comfy and welcoming.

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  3. endrickwater says:

    I’d love one, thank you! So many inviting places to pause and enjoy your lovely garden. You might not get rid of all your guests in a hurry though. ☺️

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  4. Gail says:

    I see you have many places to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of your garden. Do you ever stitch outside? We have a gazebo with comfortable chairs where we often sit to read or stitch–well, I stitch, my husband is usually reading. Your garden is a few weeks ahead of ours. We had snow on the ground again this morning!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Gail, I do occasionally sit and sew in the garden. It’s interesting seeing gardens in other areas at a different stage, we’re still having frosts occasionally which the young shoots aren’t too keen on.


  5. anne54 says:

    I’m coming over for the cup of tea too (and may even stay for the glass of chilled wine!). I think my favourite spot would be the summerhouse, but all the seating areas look enchanting.

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  6. Jane M says:

    I can concur that the summerhouse is a great place to have tea and gaze at your garden – lovely

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  7. CurlsnSkirls says:

    PS/ I’d suggest that too-bright bench will weather delightfully. πŸ˜‰

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh yes rather, your summer house looks so romantic.

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    Lovely tour of your sewing areas!

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  10. Oh I love the summer house! What a beautiful garden you have Margaret

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  11. Amanda says:

    Definitely worth making places to sit and admire all the hard work!

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