There is plenty of software available to help with planning your garden, but as I like to physically have things in front of me and flip from page to page rather than try to locate tabs and saved pages, so I decided to make a physical scrap book of my plans for the garden, look at what I've already got, what I've done before in the garden and ideas for future planning.
Next weeks blog post will showcase gardens and outdoor space in the UK. We never really did much in our garden in the UK as it was fairly well established and with me working and having 5 kids at home it really was just another project I didn't have time for. Although I did do a fun halloween project with the kids which I'll blog about nearer the time.
I have a house full of arts and crafts pieces that I keep meaning to get round to making into something including spray paints, beads, coloured string and material. I've opted that whatever design I come up with will be bright to inject some colour into the beigeness of the desert sand and walls in our garden.
I've been gathering various bits and pieces together from around the house that I can use in the garden, including an old dressing table I had every intention to do up as well as ornaments and lights I can use outside and make some more floor cushions and create some kind of protection from the sun.
I already have a table, chairs, parasol and 2 sun loungers as well as a gazebo and several deck chairs and an inflatable bright pink chair.
There are areas previously used for planting and we have a pile of bricks at the back of the house I will use to build raised beds with so I can mix in some soil rather than just plant straight into the sand.
This is what I've been creating over the past few weeks to inject some colour back into the desert and now the weather has cooled since our UK trip we've been able to spend some time outside in the evenings.
I just have to remember to bring the candles in during the day as I keep forgetting and they're melting from the heat of the sun.