Starting To Plan Our Garden (+ A Quiz!)

Starting to plan our garden transformation

In collaboration with Rattan Direct

It may have rained on and off today but a lot of our discussions this morning focused on our garden. You see, at the moment our garden’s a total mess – one we inherited from the previous residents (we moved in December) and something we intend to get started on in Spring. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a little so we can start digging up weeds, levelling the ground and picking out fence panels, garden furniture and maybe a mirror or two.

We don’t have any concrete plans just yet, and I must admit this is a stage of redecorating/renovating that I enjoy. The part where you can think of lots of ideas, collect them all on Pinterest (find my garden inspiration board here) and start to make sense of what you like and don’t like. Our garden needs a lot of work and we want to do it ourselves, so the whole journey’s going to be a bit of a mission but one I’m really looking forward to.

The first step for us really is to work out what we’re doing with our fence. There’s a mishmash of different panels, colours and some of it’s definitely past its best. At the moment we’re not using the garden because of the weather, but once it’s warmer I’d love to be able to let the kids out for a bit to explore. Right now the fencing (and a couple of other issues, like uneven slabs) mean that it’s not child-proof so they’re right at the top of our list.

After we’ve made a decision about the fence I’d love to start adding some life and colour into the garden. It’s only a small space so no room for running around or swingsets, so we’re looking to fill it with flowers and plants instead.

My knowledge of plants and flowers is limited, and enjoying a nose around the garden centre is about the end of my experience when it comes to gardening. They’re beautiful, and I love seeing the range of colours. I remember exploring garden centres as a child and picking out a pack of pansies to take home and plant. I’d love to recreate that with our garden by filling it with flowers for the kids to explore and marvel at. I just don’t know where to start.

It was great timing really that just yesterday the team at Rattan Direct got in touch to tell me about the quiz they’ve put together all about different types of flowers. I must admit I’m no floral connoisseur so I wasn’t expecting to do well but I managed to score 4/7, so maybe there’s hope for making a gardener out of me yet. I also spotted a couple of types of flowers that I’d love to feature in our garden (either specific varieties or colour combinations) so it’s got me inspired to think more about what we’d like to do with our garden this Spring.

If you’d like to take the quiz yourself hit the link below! And leave me a comment telling me your score.



Now all I need is for the rain to stop and we can get started with our garden transformation…


Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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