Not all functional things need to be ugly. Our little garden shed is a great example of this. Despite the shadows, I think you can probably see the little rosemary hedge in the making, and the giant rhubarb that is currently looking for a new home. Ideally, window boxes will be added some time in the future to add a splash of colour, but for now, a tiny bit of bunting is doing the job nicely. This little garden shed of mine is my second favourite space (after the kitchen). It houses all my tools, seeds, etc and has a rather spacious potting bench running down one side. I also have shelving to store my summer preserves.
I'm very fortunate to have great gardening tools. Mine are a bit of a mix, but the basics are all from a small Australian company called Digadoo. Beautifully handmade, and just the right weight. The important part though is their strength.
Good tools can be expensive, but if you buy well, they really do last the distance.
Not so new is this very vintage wooden ladder. Salvaged from a hard rubbish collection, it patiently waits a bit of love and attention. I'm thinking along the lines of a whitewash, and using it to hold a pot or two of geraniums, or perhaps a succulent or two.
Do you have a favourite garden tool? Are yours new and shiny, or vintage lovelies?