We are just finishing the designs for this outdoor kitchen and garden design in Cheshire. This is the night time view of what it will look like from the back of the house, and as you can see, lighting is really important here.
It’s so important to visualise what a garden design will look like in the late evenings and during the winter when it gets dark early. Uplighting underneath the statement trees gives a focus while soft lighting within the outdoor kitchen and dining area means it’s still useable in the evenings.
This outdoor kitchen has a large covered area for prepping food, as well as a high spec woodfired pizza oven.
Water your plants this week!
It’s been very dry recently, so any new trees or perennial plants planted since last year may be suffering as they won’t have had time to put down deep roots. It’s really important to get the hose out and give them a really good drink so you don’t risk losing them.
Wetlands to improve wellbeing
I read an article recently where WWT research found that access to wetlands improves the welling being of residents and visitors, as does access to any form of nature.
Importantly, wetlands are a type of landscape that has generally declined and we should be working even harder to bring them back.
As well as large-scale wetlands, we should all be looking at mini wetland areas within our communities and our own gardens, such as rain gardens and ponds.
If you haven’t paid a visit to Martin Mere Wetlands recently, that is a fantastic place to see birdlife, as well as restored wetland area, which used to be the largest body of water in the UK until it was drained in the 1600s and 1700s.