Hi, I’m Lorna Ko and I’ve been a gardening guest presenter at QVC UK for 6 years. I also present on QVC USA, Italy and France and have been in The Telegraph and Amateur Gardening with some of my top garden decor and water feature tips.
To read all about Lorna’s love of zen gardens, make sure to check out her previous piece with fellow QVC guest presenter Michael Perry, and if you love all things festive, check out last month’s blog on Christmas preparation.
New year, new garden: how to give your outdoor space a fresh new makeover
With 2017 just around the corner it’s a great time to start thinking about some New Year’s resolutions.
Every year I always go down the route of trying to lose weight, save more money, eat more healthily etc. – but they just don’t seem to pan out! So, with all the madness of Christmas and New Year just ahead I thought I’d take some time out to start planning an achievable resolution – a garden makeover for 2017!
The end of the year is a great time to take stock, reflect and look back at what has passed, but to also look forward to the start of a brand new year full of opportunity and discovery. When it comes to your garden, patio or balcony space why not do a quick inventory of what you have? If it seems a daunting task you can break down your outdoor space into zones such as the ‘needs nothing doing’ zone, the ‘could be better’ zone and the ‘must change for 2017’ zone!
I always find it helps to break projects down into manageable, bite-sized chunks so it doesn’t feel too overwhelming.
For something new in 2017 why not look at adding some feng shui (pronounced feng shway) elements into your outdoor space? Feng shui is an ancient Chinese belief system which looks at a Bagua or ‘energy map’ and how to harmonise everything in your environment. Here are some top feng shui tips for your garden in 2017.
1) The northeast area of your garden is supposed to be connected to your areas of personal growth and self-cultivation so a good element to add here is either some earth or perhaps a simple rock garden to connect you to your earth side. A good decoration idea here is the adorable Hettie Hedgehog from Plants2Gardens as the hedgehog is seen as a traditional symbol of being connected to the earth!
2) If you are thinking about adding a water feature then the best areas for this are said to be the south east (representing money and abundance), the east (representing health and family) and the north (representing your career and life path). A simple but stunning water feature suggestion is the Bernini Enchanted Maiden Fountain as they do not require any solar power/plumbing or wiring in because they run off a rechargeable battery – meaning no ugly wires to spoil your harmonious garden!
3) Wind chimes – feng shui designers also recommend adding in some wind chimes to your garden as it’s thought their sounds produce healing feng shui vibrations in the air. Talking of wind – don’t forget the fabulous Plow & Hearth Wind Spinner, which is this month’s Product of the Month – there’s still time to order them for Christmas so you can give the gift of some gentle feng shui vibrations to someone!
4) Metal turtle – feng shui believers also say that having a metal turtle sculpture in the North area of your garden can offer some protection. For this element why not invest in a Bernini Turtle Sprinkler? This is made of steel so hits the metal part but it’s also a handy 360 degree spraying water sprinkler for your lawn and plants!
Phew – after all that philosophical musing I feel like a cup of green tea!
What I’ve been up to this week:
It’s been another busy few weeks! My sister’s been working on the X Factor so we were able to see a rehearsal with Honey G before she was voted out. I also filmed a charity concert for the local TV station I report for and Debbie Flint was performing!
She sang three beautiful songs including an Adele number which had the audience spellbound! I also went to a winter ball with my friend Dorota and reported on the opening of the new Tesla car showroom in Chiswick.
A funny thing also happened the other night – I got a tweet telling me to look at the Challenge Channel, and when I did they were playing a repeat of the Crystal Maze show I took part in back in 1991 – talk about a blast from the past!
Hope you like the photos!