Day 108: a place to sit

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

A favourite spot for Harold Nicolson by the door at South Cottage, Sissinghurst

A favourite spot for Harold Nicolson by the door at South Cottage, Sissinghurst

Seating is one of the most overlooked aspects of the garden. I’m not talking about deckchairs and sun loungers, nor even patio furniture – that’s all very well and purpose-specific. What’s important, if you’re to get to know your garden, is having a favourite place to sit in it, preferably nestled right up against a tree or flowerbed so you’re forced to spend your idle moments in companiable silence with your plants. It needn’t be a fancy perch either – an upturned log of just the right shape and stability, or an old, sturdy thing that’s might have seen better days (still talking about the seat here)... you just need to find the right spot. Often, the end of the garden looking back towards the house is an overlooked situation, but it’s worth wandering about with a lightweight seat, trying out different places, until you find the one where you feel your best daydreaming can be done.


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