Find out how to apply feng shui principles to your garden, with expert Mary Lambert
If you’re feeling a little disheartened by the poor British weather, and generally find it a lot harder to stay positive when the Sun’s not shining, why not do a little gardening – so long as it’s not raining – to boost your mood? Or, if you don’t have your own, try placing some colourful window boxes around to lift your spirits, and stop you feeling blue. In fact, why not give your garden a thorough appraisal, evaluating everything from how its furniture’s looking, to whether there’s anything you no longer need, or have a use for, and can replace with something new?
For instance, I recently discovered two of my wooden garden chairs had gone rotten during the winter season, and will be treating myself to some new ones – also great for lifting one’s spirits; after all, who doesn’t love a bit of shopping?
However, if you’d rather not splash out on something new, you could also try re-staining or varnishing some of your older, wooden furniture to give it a more youthful appearance, and filling your garden pots with some multi-coloured, fragrant flowering plants will also add some vitality and life to your garden.
1 Get planting
What’s more, if you’ve got a large garden, try planting some pretty flowers along your borders, and also add some colourful shrubs to the area to make it look more vibrant. You could also plant some lettuces or other fast-growing herbs or vegetables in pots, or around the borders to share with your family and friends, and might even want to grow some shrubs up the side and back fences to give you some protection from your neighbours – I’d advise you to do this even if you get on with them, as it’ll shield you from any arguments they may have, or from any illnesses from which they are suffering.
2 Fix your fence
Repairing any broken fences or gates, and regularly weeding the garden – both of which have a negative impact on the energy of your home when left to their own devices – are also great ways of lifting your mood.
3 Let there be light
If you haven’t already got some garden lighting, I’d recommend getting hold of some pronto, as it’ll add lots of vibrant, yang energy to your garden, which you and your family or friends will feed off.