I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was an official holiday in Luxembourg so for us it was a long weekend, mostly spent in the garden and dining al fresco. The weather was perfect for gardening. On Saturday we bought a lawn mower and some gardening tools and we put them to good use. I cut the grass while hubby removed old and tired branches and weed. The children helped too but mostly they played, spraying water on each other. We were tired when we went to bed, but in a good way; the muscles ached a bit but the mind was calm and clear. All the gardening made me think of a Chinese proverb that goes something like this: if you want to be happy for a lifetime then create a garden.
Currently we are deciding on which plants to put in the flower beds that we have cleared. We have already planted carrots in one and for another one I was even thinking sweet potatoes. But we need to buy some nice flowers too. I would love to plant my own peonies, but peonies can be tricky. For the balcony we are buying pink geraniums - I love how they smell.
If I owned this house I would redesign some parts of the garden, borrowing ideas from the Japanese. Think zen style. Under the balcony there is a nice space (it has a trellis and grapevines) that could be made even nicer. It is fairly big so I would add wood frames and glass to create a conservatory, a space I could enjoy in all kinds of weather. I'm thinking something like the glass wall in this Monte Carlo home above, with sliding doors. Dreams like that are so much fun.
Do you have a garden that you enjoy working in or a spacious balcony where you can keep plants?
Simon Watson for Architectural Digest