This laid-back attitude has meant that not only are the plants thriving, but all kinds of animals know how to find Oliver's garden. 'To further encourage this, we have planted hedges and left certain areas alone,' says Oliver. 'This is where birds have subsequently built their nests, as have insects.' This sustainable approach is paying off: for example, a squirrel family has recently taken up residence in the garden. 'We like to watch that as we have family breakfast on the terrace. And by the way, our newest resident is a hedgehog!" gloats Oliver.
Learning more every day
The garden has not yet taken its final shape. But then Oliver also thinks that there is no such thing as a "final form": "A garden is something organic and develops over many years. In this phase Oliver observes a lot, learns about the plants and their favorite place. 'I am still developing in this every day. That's why I always look forward to the next gardening season, in which I learn new things.' It is clear: enjoyment and relaxation are central to Oliver's garden. He is therefore only too happy with the Weltevree Outdooroven, which occupies a prominent role in the garden. 'Finally I have room for it! It's perfect for cosy barbecue evenings with friends and contributes enormously to a feel-good atmosphere in the garden.'