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Blue skies

can only mean one thing

The sun finally made an appearance this week, making us all feel optimistic about the months ahead. As soon as spring begins to rouse, so does our desire to spend more time in the company of our gardens. More often than not, though, the great British weather can get in the way. So, why not simply sit back and enjoy the view from the inside?

Conservatory, sunroom, balcony, veranda. Whatever your space and however you refer to it, think of it from the outside in.

We asked our team here at head office in Wiltshire what they like to do in their garden rooms. Listen in.

"Reading. Unless I'm reading a few pages before bed, I'll always take my books and magazines into our conservatory. I prefer to read in natural light." Sarah, Marketing.

“There is nothing more precious than those few hours on a Sunday morning where I can simply sit and read the weekend paper.” Julian, Recruitment.

"Whenever I have friends around we sit in my garden room. I light lots of candles and I have a huge throw in there that we curl up under with a bottle of wine close to hand!" Donna, Finance.

"We had an outbuilding at the bottom of the garden that we turned into a dining room. It's great for parties. Sometimes I work in there too. It's far more peaceful." Fred, Store Design.

Our essentials

Garden must-haves that work inside and out

For lounge lovers

The Harrington sofa set. Woven from what we call our all-weather willow, this sofa and armchair both look the part and are wonderfully comfortable. Complete with either the Tuscany or Hudson coffee tables, perfect for everything from the morning papers to evenings by candlelight.

For get-togethers

Right now we'd chose our round concrete-topped Hudson dining table, the most sociable shape of all. The six-seater with the woven Harrington chairs is a great size with a gorgeous amount of texture.

For the smallest of spots

The Provence 'tea for two' set is ideal for balconies, sun porches or tiny terraces.

For the limelight

Lighting in the garden is so important whether you're indoors or out. When darkness falls, it keeps evenings warm and alive.