Archive for the ‘country garden’ Category

New house & garden – near Bristol

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

This is the second time I have worked for these clients, this time a new house is being built and the challenge is to make the garden fit with the surrounding topography without creating too many retaining walls.  Currently 1000′s of tons of stone has been excavated and the house will be on split levels.

New plans for garden – Alton

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

I first visited this garden in 2004 when I did some design work and planting plans.  I have been invited back to help with another phase in the development of this garden; how gardens change, owner’s requirements change, how everything changes!

New pub garden – The Litton

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

The wait is over and The Litton is open for business, there are lots of exciting features in the pub and the garden is a lovely space to relax in too!


The landscaping has been done by Green & Gorgeous of Frome    http://www.greenandgorgeous.com/

Mole problems

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Gardening for wildlife can be very testing, a couple of years ago I had a lot of grass snakes in the garden, they have since moved on much to the relief of my nerves.  Currently I am blighted by moles, gorgeous little creatures I agree however my lawn areas are being churned up, in my polytunnels the salad beds are being hollowed out causing death to my plants and now the moles have moved into my flower beds.  I have tolerated these moles for several years but the situation has become severe.   Extermination a tempting thought but it is not the way forward for a wildlife gardener so I am going to try the following deterrent:

Mix 2 tablespoons of detergent, 6 oz of Castor oil in a gallon of water – mix one ounce of concentrate per gallon of water and apply to the lawn. Re-apply after rain or watering.

Lets see if it works! …


Empowering the client

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Hi Angela
I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed re doing my garden as per your plans. It really has renewed my interest. It has, and still does look lovely and I take a pride in it now, rather than being overwhelmed.
I attach a couple of photos. I am still working on the big bed but the rest is more maintenance now.
I never did take before photos. If you still have them, I would appreciate a few.
Thank you again
Hilary
PS I’ll send the rest of the photos separately.

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.

Growing well – Devon

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

This garden was planted in spring 2015 and it is very exciting to see how well it has established, the hedges have bushed out well and need just a couple more season’s to start approaching the desired height.

The pools attract hundreds of  dipping swallows, a spectacle to behold!

Another good looking border

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

My clients planted this border in May this year following my planting plan, the plants have bulked out well in just a few months and what is very exciting is that the clients are fast becoming keen horticulturists.

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.