In my times on magazines I constructed many seaside gardens, mostly for photo shoots. Most were small areas, hastily covered in pebbles with bits of driftwood, old fishing nets or reels of rope and planted with thrift and blue fescue. None were particularly satisfactory, though they looked great in print. So it is with typical madness that I decided that a part of the garden would have a seaside theme. Of course, because, for me, a garden is a place for plants, the idea is as much about theming the plants and making conditions that are suitable for a new range of plants as much as trying to emulate a real seaside theme. But a start has been made with the eventual construction of the shed that arrived several months ago. It was an ex-show model and as such had the roof covered in felt which made it impossibly heavy for us to lift. So (thank you Peter) we eventually got the thing screwed together and the lid on. Paint and lots of railway sleepers and gravel are next. The hedge here is sea buckthorn (I was planning ahead) and the palm already looks a lot happier with something behind it.
Now to decide on a colour theme: beach hut colours, replica Punch and Judy hut or something more subtle?