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Take time to sit and stare …….

29 Jun

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

By W.H.Davies

One of the most important elements of a good garden, for me , is somewhere to sit and enjoy the garden.

I see too many gardens where there’s almost no provision for sitting outside other than perhaps a dining table by the French windows. But without various destinations throughout the garden, you never really get to appreciate a space.

And I may have taken this mantra to a new level – within my, really quite compact, town centre garden I have five separate sitting areas.


Above , these chairs are located just outside the kitchen door and serves as fragrant spot to sip a mid morning coffee, or a snack lunch or a well deserved cup of tea.. The pots are planted up with scented geraniums and nicotiana.


Above, I have to admit nobody has ever sat at this table and chairs. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t earn it’s space in the garden. It is in a very tricky spot, getting very little sun yet being looked out on from the dining room windows and sitting room French window. So really it is a staged tableau that adds interest to a very dead space.


Above, this is where we all sit together to linger over good food , usually cooked by the chief barbecuer ! The umbrella keeps it cool all day – I’m not one to enjoy sitting in full sun for hours while we eat.


Above, this is where I wish I could spend longer ! It’s tucked right in amongst the border and is in the shade by mid afternoon – again I’d rather hide from the sun. All I need is a cup of earl grey and a good book and I could happily doze ! The smell from the philadelphus behind is indescribable !


And finally, above, is the place we watch the sun set with a beer or gin & tonic – room for friends – a fire bowl to stave off the chills – a spot to watch the swans and ducks on the river.

Sat in any of these spots, I see different angles of the garden and the house, I am more aware of which bits get the sun when, and notice where I need to plant more scented flowers.

So if you’re giving some thought to your garden layout, I think you can safely assume you can squeeze one more seating area in somewhere !

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