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29 Outdoor Reading Nooks That Will Remind You of ‘The Secret Garden’

The beauty in this space lies in its continuity with nature. The gazebo is built from fallen trees and reaching it requires a stroll through the woods. The lanterns will allow for reading even after sunset, when the crickets start chirping and fireflies appear. Get up close to a shade garden, and see the incredible textures, colors and nuances that a sun garden can’t match. And shade gardens offers you a feeling of serenity. Maybe that “experience” makes us look a little closer for the details. It’s not all about the big picture. Ah, wisdom. Check out how to plant a shade garden that you can show off!

I hope you had a lovely weekend. We have been busy with tours the past few days but on Saturday I did check out The Robin’s Nest shop in New Haven as they had a half price sale on. One of the treasures I came home with was this lovely vintage chaise. I just knew I could find a spot for it in our garden. When I first started gardening, I felt like all I wanted to do was plant bright, happy flowers.

Shade gardens seemed a little too sleepy to me. With a little more garden experience, (we won’t talk about how much) I have come to absolutely LOVE a shade garden. They can be just as showy as a flower bed, albeit in a subtler way. At least, from a distance. The one shown here uses a variety of old windows and doors that add charm and character. Decorate yours with materials that suit your personality, your yard, and your climate. Save on costs by using salvaged materials!

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