Sunshine & flowers – ESA EVANS

Sunshine & flowers

If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that I was meant to have had a holiday in Spain in May. It would have been  my first holiday as a divorcee and travelling alone as a single parent with my boys. I booked it last year pretending to be braver than I actually was. 

 A Whitstable Hacienda

I'm repurposing my holiday wardrobe for a British summer in Whitstable. Never forget the sunscreen.

Despite a little sadness at not living my best single parent Spanish life, sipping a beer and eating tapas at our favourite chiringuito, I have created a flower-filled garden where I can reflect on family, friends, good health and a business that I love.

The blank square yard with plain fencing was all that I had to work with. Although I didn't have a fixed plan, I had a lot of pots and I knew that I wanted bright colourful flowers. Supermarkets and generous neighbours supplied all the pretty annuals (pansies and daisies mostly) and sweet smelling herbs that I could need. I added a few troughs for salad leaves and used hanging baskets and tiered shelves to add height and extra space. More is more.

If you've never created a garden before... even in June, it's not too late to buy brightly coloured plants for your own balcony, yard, patio or garden - start with flower pots and troughs so that you can move them to where you'll enjoy them most. Add a chair for the sunny spot and brightly coloured cushions. Honestly, you won't be able to stop loving what you've brought into your life.

I may not have any bougainvillea but it's not bad for a make-shift hacienda.

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