“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability”. So said American author and philosopher Sam Keen and it’s an approach we should all apply to our lives at this time of year. During the summer the hard job of doing nothing is a perfectly acceptable way to pass the time. It’s also a much easier feat to pull off when temperatures reach their peak, doors are flung open and our interaction with the outside world becomes more immediate.
Discover your green fingers
Having fallen out of favour for many years, house plants are enjoying a renaissance. Not only do plants directly connect us to nature but they soften a space and species such as aloe vera, mother-in-law’s tongue, and spider plants are particularly effective air purifiers. It does though pay to remember that most house plants would prefer to be outside and some are toxic to pets, so choose wisely. An ever-increasing number of house plant specialists will be able to advise you on the perfect plant for every corner of your home. And don’t be tempted to go faux - human receptors can tell the difference between real and fake.