Archive for the ‘garden’ Category

Snowy tracks

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

The snow blankets the garden, bends snowdrop and hellebore flowers to the ground and reveals otherwise unseen tracks.  I am looking forward to warmer temperatures so I can get gardening and my vegetable seeds to germinate

Working against a slope

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Steps, retaining walls and levelled lawn optimising space in this garden where there is an overall 10 metre drop.

Prunings

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

It is time to prune Clematis, an easy task for late summer flowering types (e.g. Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ and Clematis tangutica), just cut low and pull away.  I am sure I will use these prunings in one of my next sculptures.

This is what I have made last week with the tendrils of Vitis purpurea from the garden (pruned November – December).  I will be exhibiting this piece at AceArts 10February – 10 March

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!