There’s nothing so lovely as the feel of grass beneath the feet, but skipping from lawn to patio isn’t always a pleasure. If slipping on the flip-flops is just too much hassle, throw down a rug. We particularly love these ones, as not only are they super-plush, but made from recycled plastic bottles.
LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER
Who doesn’t have a fantasy about lazing the day away in a hammock, sipping something chilled and running down the battery on your Kindle? This one would make the perfect gift for Father’s Day – and as he won’t be able to get in and out of it with any degree of poise, that makes it all yours.
Denim hammock with pocket, £175, ellajames.co.uk
GROW YOUR OWN
It’s time to dig for Britain! Okay, not exactly, but growing your own delivers a sense of satisfaction that far exceeds the joy in a reduction of trips to the supermarket. To get the ball rolling, a rather beautiful greenhouse is needed and what could be better than one from The National Trust, those gurus of all things garden?
The Stourhead, from £15,950, alitex.co.uk/national-trust-greenhouses
choose not to, but how many of them, during lockdown, discovered that space outside the back door? I had the privilege of hosting Gardeners’ World a couple of times over Easter, a time when things seemed to be changing by the day. During filming I was mindful, even worried, about the tone of the programme, nervous about showing too many lovely garden shots. Then, after the programme went out, people started to send messages and emails and it dawned on me that so many people were getting pleasure from such simple things.
It has just made me think that if anything good was to come out of all this madness, it’s maybe a simpler life and a connection with nature. I have known for so long about the power of gardening and what it can do for us, but this time has truly cemented that theory.
Like so many others I have felt the anxiety of our predicament, waking at 4am, but after spending the morning in the garden I could both physically and mentally feel the anxiety ebb away, the heartbeat drop and being taken to a place of calm.
Since lockdown started, spring has come and gone, things have been cut back, mulching is done and the garden really is in full flight. I have decided that these monthly ramblings – because I promise you that this is what they will be – will celebrate the natural world that are our gardens and how we can enjoy them to the max. N