Picture a garden full of mystery and excitement; a sweet smelling oasis filled with children’s giggles and secret whisperings; surprises, winding paths and sheltered benches. A courtyard where around every corner lies something different.
My dream garden is a garden where trees, shrubs and trellises filled with flowering plants mark out almost a maze of nooks, crannies, pebble paths and hidden coves. All winding around each other, interlocking and overflowing; where arches mark the pathways, bees buzzing in them overhead; where the tinkling of water leads you around yet another corner to a fountain spraying into a trough of water with buckets and toys; the wall behind holding a network of pipes, funnels and tubes inviting you to delve your hands into the water and play.
There would be wildlife everywhere: birds, bees and butterflies would flutter in the branches of the small trees and shrubs, their limbs holding feeders, fat-balls and birdhouses for our friends. The smell of lavender would follow you as you brushed passed it to explore another corner and everywhere you looked there would be something fun to watch or do. A wildlife corner with a bug hotel would teach you the mysteries of the tiny creatures that live all around us.
A musical corner would hold pipes, wind chimes, a wooden xylophone and all manner of noise making things. There would be an obstacle course, a blackboard wall and a stile leading to small cottage hidden away, causing thrills of excitement on discovery, a wealth of fun hidden inside.
There would be a sun dial, hidden gnomes, pinwheels shining brightly from the beds and bunting and lights strewn through the trees. And of course there would be hidden fairy doors, and the homes of elves and pixies all over the garden.
And rising from the middle of this wonderful, exciting and fun-filled kingdom would stand a castle on which the king and queen of the garden could proudly survey all they own – and peer into next door’s garden and things – with a periscope and a zip wire for emergency exits, naturally.
And somewhere round-a-bout there would be a comfy seat for me, the chief housekeeper, chauffer, cook, gardener and nanny to relax with a glass of vino in hand. Where I could sit back in the quiet of the night and admire the beautiful garden in the light from the solar lamps lighting the paths.
It sounds utterly perfect to me. What would your perfect garden look like?
This blog post is an entry into the Tots100/Activity Toys Direct garden makeover competition.