It’s been a while that I had not updated my Bucket list column. It’s because I needed to make a structured research in order to write about challenge №4 “Plant a tree every year and watch it grow”. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It’s quite a popular goal and you can find it in almost every bucket list circulating on the web. But on the other hand, it’s something that everybody absolutely should do at least once in a lifetime, even more….I have never planted a tree myself until, me and my husband we bought a house with a little backyard. And the backyard needed to be completely renovated…..So, that’s how it all started.
We are very into Scandinavian minimalistic design, architecture, and houses, and we always wanted to have our own house with a backyard or a garden. And one year ago it became a reality. We bought a new house and renovated it in guess what style? Minimalist of course! The dominant colors are white, grey and black and the most used material is wood. The living space together with the kitchen is spacious and we have only what we need in terms of furniture. Once the house was renovated and furnished and the summer was coming, we decided that it was time to renew the backyard and organize a big BBQ-housewarming party.
We wanted the backyard to be in the same minimalist style and to be in synergy with the house itself, but at the same time, to have an outside retreat to relax and stay in touch with Mother Nature. This is a part of the concept of Japanese gardens – a place full of calmness in the spirit of Zen Buddhism which stresses simplicity and looks naturally clean. Even though everything from the layout to the main elements has a strict meaning, role, and place, they are laid out asymmetrically to suggest rugged wildness of nature. The elements and materials we used are wood (for the decking), concrete (for the outdoor tiles), little stones to fill in the spaces between the decking and the tiles. Grey (tiles), brown (decking) and green (plants) colors predominate. We filled the stony spots with trees, ponytails, and lavender. In total, we planted two trees, three or four ponytails and one lavender bush. The plants symbolize time’s passage and seasons change and make the backyard look differently in different seasons. So, challenge №4 has been successfully achieved and now we enjoy the summer days in the backyard. And gardening, relaxing in the hammock or making barbecue for our family and friends are the perfect stress-reducers and fulfilling activities especially in the warm seasons.
And you, do you like gardening? Did you already plant your tree or plants?
For more inspiration to make your own garden/ backyard, see my pictures below.
Thanks for reading!