To eat... to sleep... to laze in the sun, to wear the free and easy clothes which belong to fresh air, to use the comfort of modern "deckchair" furniture, to indulge in sea and countryside, or make the most of the green beauty of an English garden, to enjoy the dawn to dusk open-air life of summer...
All the fun of a home-made barbeque - in the Hampshire garden of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Symonds. Stone was collected from demolished buildings, special pieces brought back from abroad as holiday souvenirs.
Garden corner of Mrs. Pamela Milburne's Kentish farmhouse replanned for summer meals. Rambling roses are controlled by a trellis to ward off breezes, rambling earth in neatly stone-edged flowed beds. The quarry tile paving is laid so that the tables and chairs can be set in the shade of a whispering silver birch.
Doubling up on space and pleasure, a retired teacher joined forces with her Gillingham neighbour to make their two gardens into one. The original boundary become a flower border, the paved area between houses and garden makes comfortable sitting space which both owners can share and enjoy.
Making the most o Guernsey summer sun, Mrs. Edmund Waller uses trellis and glazed screens to wall in a flat roof area of her sloping-sited house. Flaming colour in flowers and canvas is a tonic.
Furnishing of this narrow town flat balcony fits like a glove. Cushions dovetailed to wall benches are plastic covered and loose for easy cleaning and storage. Trellis above tailor-made boxes allows scope for climbing plants, and the awning can be pulled down to shut out fierce sunshine - or a rainy day.
Inside every strip-shape garden is a patio waiting to creep out. At house end of Capt. and Mrs. H. Spencer-Cooper's London garden it falls naturally between shed, wall, and French windows. Paving, whitewash, a fig tree, light weight furniture - the simple recipe for comfort and effect.
Photos and captions from Home (UK), June 1962.
Labels: 1962, 60s, england, Gardens, home magazine, Interiors, summer