Lockdown has made us appreciate our gardens more than ever and gardening is now big business!
But it’s not just plants that liven up the garden, we can adorn with sculpture, chairs, outdoor rugs and (my favourite) festoon or fairy lights.
Lighting can change your garden into a magical place in an evening – an inviting spot for dining outside.
You can go the whole hog and employ an electrician to install dramatic uplighters, or simply dot solar lights around the garden and string up some gorgeous fairy or festoon lights.
Flickering candles on your outdoor table add to the ambience. Citronella candles are a great idea as they also keep bugs at bay.
And eat simple, delicious foods that don’t take long to prepare and can be enjoyed at leisure with your friends and family.
Why not try the recipes below? Taken from our super-popular Quick AfterWork Cookbook (not all must be cooked ‘after-work’ though!)
Take a look at our 5 Strawberry Recipes for Summer collection.
I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.