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Garden design inspiration

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 09 Jan 2012 at 06:44 PM

Wimsical playhouse

Source: A Place Imagined

My four, yes four, Christmas trees are still fully decorated, the kitchen cupboards remain stubbornly coated in paper snowflakes and I'm about to bake a batch of mince pies.  It would be an understatement to say I'm a bit of a fan of Christmas and, quite frankly, I'm going to milk my full 12 days worth.

Sadly though, I will have to think about moving on tomorrow and, for me, this is going to involve a little garden planning.  I usually ruminate on ideas in January in the hope that I can have come to some conclusions and pulled my finger out before we're well into spring.  This year I have more pressure than usual as I'm due to open my garden in six months time as part of the National Gardens Scheme and I want to add a few more areas of interest, especially for children.

If you're looking for a little design inspiration, I would recommend stopping by Pinterest.  This is a kind of virtual pin board where you can collect and organise images.  Although you can apply for an invite to be a 'pinner' there is still a lot to find by browsing other people's boards. 

Of course it covers everything under the sun, not just gardens, but there are plenty of pinned images with a horticultural flavour.  Rochelle Greyer, editor of the new online Leaf Magazine and the woman behind Studio G blog always has brilliant boards to browse - you can check them out here.  For more specific kids garden ideas I've put together this board (which includes the playhouse image above) but there are plenty more out there - just put in your search terms and then look at either pins or boards that use those keywords.

Happy pinning.  I'm off to roll some pastry and hum a few carols.

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