Yesterday the delivery driver on my doorstep spared a moment to tell me how lovely the front garden was looking and what a delight it was to walk down our long front path. He had noticed the scents and the colour and the green lushness. I said a big thankyou and we spoke for a short while. I told him I really appreciated his comments.
This was two days after attending Adam Frost’s Masterclass at his Garden School where 15 of us spent the day with Adam at his home and garden learning about all things gardening.
Adam had asked us what we wanted from our gardens. I had said I wanted to create a place that people wanted to be in; a place that people would walk into and think “Oh this feels lovely”. A garden to be in and feel good.
That’s why the driver’s remarks made me so happy. It looks like our front garden was exactly that lovely space for that person on that day; a man who had a busy job and probably no time to notice everyone’s front gardens as he delivered parcels. Our garden made an impression on him and his kind remarks made an impression on me.
Fellow blogger and expert on container gardening, Harriet Rycroft, started #friendlyfrontgardens. I definitely aim to have a friendly front garden and that’s one of the ways that a garden can bring pleasure to other people.
Just a simple pot or a chair by your front door could do it. Maybe think about what you could do in yours.