After a full hour’s gardening action, nothing is more important than finding a comfy chair in which to sit and congratulate yourself.
Garden furniture should require as much consideration as anything you choose to place inside your home, a fact beautifully demonstrated by this acacia wood set with its form and colouring reminiscent of safari sunsets and cocktails in the treetops.
THROW SOME SHADE
Or, indeed, some light. These Granny Chic pendant lamps tick every box, a beautiful reinterpretation of the standard lamps of the 1940s. They can take pride of place on your patio and provide high-style light far into the night. Contardi Calypso outdoor lamps, £1,090, gomodern.co.uk
My 2020 started like so many others with great plans, creating a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show being one of them. Then, after a spring trip to Mauritius with Mrs Frost, we arrived back to a country with no toilet roll or baked beans!
Like so many, we have spent more time at home in spring than ever before. In a strange way I feel like I have regained a balance to my life and I know more than ever how lucky I am to have outside space. I have found myself musing, lost in a moment watching bees (there are about 250 different types of bees in our country that we are constantly putting at risk), birds bathing, plants emerging like diamonds in the mud, our meadows coming to life (we have lost 97% of them in the last 50 years), and then closing my eyes and soaking up every sound, with less cars to spoil it. Every moment is so precious.
“I could feel the anxiety ebb away, being taken to a place of calm”
Over 30 years ago, I was lucky enough to get a job with Geoff Hamilton as his landscape manager. Most of you more mature gardeners will remember him well, but for those of you that don’t he was the anchorman for Gardeners’ World back in the 80s and early 90s, and is still remembered fondly by many.
The man has been on my mind a lot lately, this gentle soul that cared about our fragile world. He talked about peat free gardening, growing organically and stopping destroying the wider landscape through the work he did with plant life, long before this was trendy. The sad part of that is we are still having the same conversations today. Looking back he really influenced how I have led my life. In reality it was him that set my moral compass as far as gardening is concerned.
I’m well aware that not all people have access to what we have on our doorstep and some
Many cats love soaking up the sunshine, seeking out the warmest spots in the garden.
A cat’s independent nature means it can spend a lot of time outdoors, minding its own business. So, it’s important to ensure your cat doesn’t get dehydrated or sunburnt. Overexposure can lead to skin cancer.
Provide plenty of shade from large plant pots, low shrubs, or make a sunshade out of a cat hide or cardboard box.
These help your moggie to escape the sun’s potentially harmful rays.
If your cat has white fur, try to keep it inside between 10am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
Speak to your vet about suitable sunscreen for cats, to ensure they don’t suffer from sunburn.
Keep your cat cool inside the house by using fans to keep air circulating, but don’t point the fan directly at your cat.
Another handy tip is to freeze a bottle of water, wrap it in a towel or pillowcase and place it somewhere your cat naps regularly.
Make sure your cat can get away from the bottle if it chooses to, and that the bottle doesn’t leak.
There are some garden hazards for cats.
Lilies – all parts of the plant – are poisonous to them and many other plants – including house plants can be dangerous if eaten. There are several others as well including poppies and marigolds, chrysanthemums and amaryllis as well as seasonal plants like mistletoe and poinsettia. N
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