Archive for the ‘garden’ Category

Beautiful hanging baskets

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Castle Gardens garden centre in Sherborne make the most beautiful winter hanging baskets.

In this basket I can see low growing / creeping rockery plants:

Arabis, Euonymus, Veronica, Alysum, Erodium, Ajuga, Lysimachia nummularia, Aubretia

Plus plenty of violas, narcissus and a ‘tail’ of ivy

Exhibition in Shaftesbury

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

I am a committee member of the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival and our first festival is being launched at 10am on Friday 16th February in the Market Place.  This is a festival to celebrate James Allen, the first man to breed snowdrops and who lived in Shepton Mallet, there are full details at http://www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk/.

As part of this project we have cultivated links with the now well established Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival and  I have been invited to exhibit some of my willow work at their pop up gallery during their festival http://www.shaftesburysnowdrops.

17 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR - what was Bell Street Cafe (right next door to the Arts Centre)
Friday 10th February – Saturday 18th February

University campus concept sketch

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

The current issue of BA2 – the magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Bath – celebrates the university’s 50th year and in there is a beautiful concept sketch for the campus layout.
a place of metamorphosis!

I also wrote about the university campus in my blog on 12/4/13…

Wishing you a Happy New Year in your gardens

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Galanthus elwesii heralding the beginning of spring

This plant started to flower on 13th December

Have you heard of The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival?  www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

November colour

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

It is November and there is still plenty of colour in the garden, thanks to a record breaking warm October .

Geranium sanguineum & Geranium psilostemon, Verbena,  Dahlia, Erigeron karvinskianus, Aster frikartii ‘Monch‘, Abelia grandiflora, Fuchsia, Salvia greggii ‘Lipstick‘, Cyclamen hederifolium, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve‘, Osteospermum and Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ continue to provide fresh flowers whilst some roses and Anenome japonica manage one or two last flowers.

Of course it isn’t all about flowers, autumn colour  is very good this year both in the herbaceous borders (e.g. Hakonechloa macra) and shrubberies (e.g. Viburnum burkwoodii, Hydrangea).  Textures of foliage and brightly coloured berries all add depth of interest to our gardens too, for  example the wonderful berries of Rosa moyesii, Rosa glauca, Rosa rugosa, Cotoneasters & Crataegus prunifolia or the cut foliage of many Geranium contrasting with grasses, Dianthus, Cyclamen

Exotic wildlife

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

I was rather pleased to spot this exotic looking grasshopper basking in the early autumn sun and maybe soaking up the heady scent of Rosa ‘de Rescht’ also.

The harvest rolls on

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The vegetable garden has yielded well this year with the bonus some rather well colour coordinated crop!

A flurry of happy clients

Friday, August 19th, 2016

I hope it doesn’t sound too conceited but I have received a little flurry of emails from happy clients this week and thought I would share them:

Dear Angela,
Thank you for your detailed plan.
Following our discussion I was motivated to begin straight away to reform my garden. I have taken the ivy off the front of the house and off the side wall. I have pruned (I hope not totally annihilated) both of the jasmins and the clematis and reclaimed the corner and about 3 feet in front of the wall. I can’t believe how much lighter and roomier the whole garden looks just by doing that.
I will get the patio enlarged as you suggested. I don’t know why I never saw that for myself but it will make a massive difference to the look and use of the garden.
Next thing is to get digging, then planting. It will be lovely to have more colour and less green. Roll on next spring and summer for a glorious show!!
Thanks again.
Mary

Hi Angela,
Thank you for a lovely course yesterday.
I finished my basket when I got home and am really pleased with the shape.
It is ideal as a harvesting basket .
Best wishes
Carol

Hello Angela
Thank you for the course today. We had a lovely time making the baskets. I hopefully will attach photos
Jane
Jane

Reclaiming the view

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

It is lovely to have a healthy hedge in the garden full of birds however by mid August I do look forward to reclaiming the view.

Empowered clients

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

I designed this garden in 2009/2010, the hedges were planted spring 2010. My clients have done all the work themselves including the planting and planting design. Lovely areas have been created providing privacy from neighbours and dog walkers in the field beyond. Work is on-going.


In addition to all the soft landscaping, my clients have invested massive amounts of time and energy into creating their garden: levelling the lower lawn and building a beautiful stone terrace.  Levelling the top lawn and creating a another terrace is the next task.