At the beginning of this week the UK was preparing itself up for the first heat wave of the year, with weather forecasters predicting temperatures of a dizzying 19C here in Liverpool.
So as I finally lowered the central heating thermostat and peeled off the woolly layers I’ve been wearing for far too long, it meant I could start looking forward to spending some much needed time in the garden.
Last year we totally transformed our back garden. You can read more about what we did and how our Nordic travels inspired us here.
For me, the garden is treated no differently to the inside of our home. It truly is an extension to our living space and interior style. We have clearly defined private areas for eating and relaxing, child friendly areas for playing and general silliness, as well as some serious herbaceous borders for my husband and I to flex our green fingers in.
So as I dream of the long summer days ahead, here’s what’s currently on my garden wish list:
This distinctive outdoor collection from Hay totally optimises timeless summer style for me. It comes in multiple colours and size formats too, plus the tubular steel it’s made from has an electro-galvanized powder coated finish which means this baby is super strong and won’t rust come winter either. There’s also soft quilted cushions available, ideal for any weary gardener to rest their aching bones on.
Who says a gardener can’t be a design lover too? In Ferm Living’s distinctive style, this Bauhaus inspired watering can is beautiful to look at as well as super practical. Made from galvanised steel and finished in a gorgeous powder coated finish, I’ll be using mine for caring for both my indoor and outdoor plants alike.
A must have for anyone wanting to make the most of those warm summer evenings. This wireless rechargeable LED lamp can be used as a sleek and attractive table lantern or adapted to become a stylish outdoor standard lamp. Like all Fermob products they are great value for money, come in a wide range of amazing colours and offer 2 light levels which last for 7-12 hours.
Morso has been THE Danish brand to go to when it comes to indoor or outside heating for over 160 years. This beautiful little fire pot is ideal for on a patio or in a small garden, made from sheet iron and designed with a practical windscreen. What I love most about this product is that you can also combine it with the cast-iron barbecue grill and recreate your own authentic Nordic food experiences too.
I can’t wait to visit the Skagerak flagship store in Copenhagen this summer, but until then I may need to invest in some of their terracotta pots. Designed by Stilleben, the simple clean lines are inspired by classic Greek and Eqyptian vases, but like all good Scandinavian design the traditional garden pot has been reimagined and given a contemporary twist to complement how we live our lives now.
All photography via the brands named above.