Garden of love

2017-02-22 06:03
Imagine a glass of wine with the stars above on a warm summer evening with your special person.

Imagine a glass of wine with the stars above on a warm summer evening with your special person.

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FEBRUARY is the month of love and here are some top tips for making gardens and romances bloom.

Love al fresco style

The hot temperatures in February make the garden the perfect place for a little roll in the grass.

If you’ve done the romantic dinner at a stiff restaurant for the last decade of your relationship, why not get a bit more creative with a late afternoon or early evening picnic in your own garden? You will need a blanket, some snacks and each other. Imagine a glass of wine with the stars above on a warm summer evening with your special person.

If there isn’t a single living thing in your garden, perhaps you should rather spend Valentine’s Day getting stuck into the soil so that you have your romantic setting for 2018.

Pots with vegetables and aromatic herbs like basil, which are believed to enhance desire by increasing the heart rate and improving blood flow, should do the trick.

Home-grown affection

Nothing says “I love you” like diamonds, or slaving away all day preparing a special meal for your partner. Take the sentimentality to the next level by making your picnic dinner with fresh ingredients from your garden.

For starters, how does bruschetta topped with balsamic roasted love apples and feta sound? Well, best you wait till after dinner for that because pulpy red tomatoes are in fact often referred to as “love apples”.

Mains: you may want to keep it light. The last thing anyone wants is to induce a food coma and have the romantic evening end prematurely. Consider a light spaghetti Napoletana with freshly chopped basil leaves.

Dessert: this should be served in the bedroom Couples who plant together … shower together after a day in the sun and the soil.

With work, children and busy social lives, some couples may not spend as much alone time together as they’d like. Sometimes all a relationship needs to get a busy couple on track is a mutual hobby. A couple of hours together in the garden over the weekends could do the trick.

Love lessons learnt in the garden

Considering it’s the month of love, we would be remiss if we didn’t leave you with some love nuggets:

Water your relationship. Like your garden, your relationship will bloom when your partner receives the right treatment. Regular communication will keep the relationship alive.

Be kind: Accept that relationships, like nature, go through phases of wilting and blooming and that you need to stick it out to achieve the end result.

Regular weeding is important. Don’t let things fester. Address conflict as it arises to avoid an unnecessary blow up down the line.

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