UN­DER THE BLOS­SOM BOUGH

Make the most of this up­lift­ing sea­son and its ephemeral beauty with al­fresco set­tings and craft projects

Country Living (UK) - - Contents - words and styling by sian williams pho­to­graphs by brent darby

CRE­ATE THE PER­FECT SET­TING

Ar­range a group of weath­ered fold­ing chairs and a lit­tle ta­ble be­neath a canopy of blos­som as an idyl­lic spot for af­ter­noon tea From left: vin­tage wa­ter­ing can, from £39; wooden fold­ing chairs, from £30 each; fold­ing ta­ble, from £100: all Nor­par. Oat­meal cardi­gan (on chair), from £35, Jessie Chor­ley. Sim­i­lar cream flower bucket (on chair), £4.66 (H36cm), Easy Florist Sup­plies. On ta­ble, from left: Gar­den­ers Gub­bins gal­va­nized tins, £19.99 (set of nine), So­phie Con­ran. Com­po­si­tion craft note­book, £3.50, Paper­chase. Daler Rowney Aquafine Tex­ture wa­ter­colour paper, £1.70 (35cm x 50cm sheet), Hob­by­craft. Sim­i­lar Green­gate wa­ter glass, £6, Fine Nordic. Pow­der pink nat­u­ral hemp twine (in glass), £5.75/62.5m roll, Pipii. Sta­bilo coloured pen­cils, £5.50/12, Paper­chase. No 10 Ruby, No 8 Rose and No 5 Sage matt emul­sion, £17.99/L each, London Vin­tage Paint Com­pany. Cush­ion cover (on chair) made up in Matilde Tus­cany/opal linen, £85/m, Pe­ony & Sage

STRING UP A WASH­ING LINE

Op­po­site A row of sun-bleached tex­tiles brings colour and a breezy fresh­ness to the gar­den Thick hes­sian string (used as a wash­ing line), £2/5m, ebay. On wash­ing line, from left: wooden dolly pegs, £1.20 (pack of eight), Hob­by­craft. Wooden

pegs, £1 (pack of 36), Wilko. Pink flo­ral skirt, from £65; mus­tard cardi­gan, from £35; cream cro­cheted

waist­coat, from £20: all Jessie Chor­ley.

Tea tow­els in nar­row Lin­ing Stripe Pe­ony cot­ton, £22.50/m; wide An­gus Stripe red linen, £42.50/m: both Ian Mankin, and pat­terned Delphine sage linen, £15.97/m, Clarke & Clarke. Vin­tage gal­va­nized flower bucket, from £20; red and white

enamel bucket, from £6: both Nor­par. Sim­i­lar vin­tage wooden lad­der, from £5.50, ebay. Large glass jam jar, from £6.99 (set of four), Lake­land. Sim­i­lar Craft­works 2011 spotty pegs (in jam jar), £2.99, Etsy. Vin­tage War Time mugs (used to hold flow­ers), £6.50 each, Dee Puddy

AR­RANGE BUNCHES OF BLOS­SOM

Above Glasses in a car­rier make ef­fec­tive flower hold­ers Fold­ing ta­ble, from £100, Nor­par. Glass car­rier in Chalk, £30, Gar­den Trad­ing. Sim­i­lar wa­ter glasses, £3 for six, Ikea

GATHER GAR­DEN FLOW­ERS

Right Oat­meal cardi­gan,

from £35; white smock top (un­der cardi­gan), from £25; red maxi skirt, from £65: all Jessie Chor­ley. Vin­tage bucket,

from £15, Nor­par

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