How to Make the Most of the Sunshine In Your Garden
There are few things that can energise you as quickly as feeling the gentle warmth of the sun on your face while enjoying the outdoors. As Spring approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it warmer weather, we thought it an excellent idea to share some ideas on how you can make the most of sunshine in your garden.
You can’t go wrong with a bench or two in your garden. Strategically placed, they will not only afford you the comfort of a spot to rest, but also a view of the beauty within your garden. Add a small table next to your chair and you have an ideal space to enjoy a cup of tea, and maybe even catch up on some reading. If you prefer, you might opt for a cushion or yoga mat and practice some meditation while surrounded by the natural fragrance of blossoming flowers.
You don’t have to be the only one enjoying the joys your garden has to offer. Set up a few bird feeders in the trees and watch many different species stopping by for a quick bite to eat. Having birds visit your garden is a wonderful occurrence because they also act as pollinators for your plants. You can take the pollination side of things a step further in your garden by setting up a small beehive with the help of a trained apiarist.
In recent years, heat waves have become more prevalent during summer months, thanks to global warming. A brilliant way to cool down while still getting in much-needed Vitamin D is to install a splash pool in your garden. You can have a platform cover made for it for when it is not in use. Install a small log cabin close to your pool which can double as a changing room and a storage space for pool accessories. This way there are no wet feet trudging through the house and the kids won’t be asking you where the lilo is next time they want to lounge on it in the pool.
Host a barbeque! Fire up the grill, grab a cold drink, and enjoy the sunshine with a few friends while your meat is slowly charring over warm coals. If you’re up to it, you could even add a salad, made with fresh ingredients from your garden if you are semi-subsistent. If your children have a birthday during warmer months, why not have a celebration of the occasion in the garden? Depending on their age, it could be anything from a jumping castle to a pool party.
We all know the benefits of reasonable exposure to sunshine; to name a few: it gives us a dose of Vitamin D which is essential for healthy skin, fortifies our immune system, and lifts our moods, helping to ease mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. We want healthy families, so why not carve out some family time in the garden? Take a stroll through the flowerbeds, play a game of catch or even hide and seek. Not only will you be enjoying the fresh air, but you will also be strengthening the bond with your family.
There are loads of other tips on how to enjoy the sunshine in your garden; we’ve only touched on a handful. We hope that these ideas will inspire you to spend more time in your garden while the weather allows.