Martyn Sheppard – photographer

May 26th, 2016

Here are some fabulous photographs of my work by Martyn Sheppard

Of Earth & SKy – Somerton

May 20th, 2016

I am working on new work to be exhibited  alongside Miriam Sheppard’s paintings at  The Courthouse Gallery, Somerton

2nd July – 13th August

http://www.miriamsheppard.co.uk/

http://www.somarton.co.uk/

http://creativesomerset.com/the-courthouse-gallery/

Gravel steps – Nr. Bristol

May 17th, 2016

This is a garden I designed in 2014 and was installed by the clients during 2015.  We were dealing with a slope and had the issue of underground services close to the surface.  The oil tank was moved, patios at the back enlarged and new retaining walls built.

My clients kindly sent me the pictures, I have copied in their email:

Dear Angela
Just thought you might like to see these photos of the garden now the trellis is in place
We are so pleased…
If you ever need trellis etc in your work we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the company we used… Stuart Garden Architecture based in Wiveliscombe
Kind Regards
C

Gardening on an angle – Nr. Shepton Mallet

May 17th, 2016

This is a garden I designed in 2014, the client has planted it as a white garden and is finding out that white flowers are not always white.  So which are good whites?

Viola cornuta ‘Alba’
Choisya ternata ‘Alba’
Armeria maritima ‘Alba’
Digitalis purpurea ‘Alba’
Allium ‘Mount Everest’
Cosmos ‘Sonata
Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’
Hesperis matrionalis
Phlox
‘Mount Fuji’

to mention a few…

Stop & Stare, exhibition Frome

May 13th, 2016

I am exhibiting my willow work alongside painters Miriam Sheppard and Ann Warren at The Round Tower, Black Swan Arts in Frome.  The exhibition opened last Saturday and runs until 28th May.

Our works sits very well together and we have received many comments reflecting this.  The Round Tower is a beautiful venue made all the more special by fabulous lunches, cakes and coffee served in the sunny courtyard outside.

Do come and say hello, we are open Monday – Saturday 10-5pm

The birds are nesting

April 25th, 2016

My willow sculptures when placed outdoors often prove to be attractive to nesting birds, last night I noticed that a wren has recently built its mossy nest in this old willow flower on the east facing end of the shed.

Garden design – Bath

April 25th, 2016

New garden design challenge, a 10 metre drop and 4 south facing terraces. We are planning a formal layout with Mediterranean style plants which when viewed from the house will work as a whole, a bit like a painting.

Chipping Snowdrops for James Allen

April 15th, 2016

I am secretary to the Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society and for the last 3 years we have been propagating snowdrop Galanthus ‘Magnet’ by chipping.  Our 3 year old chips have started to flower this year and were planted out in front of Highfield House, James Allen’s former home.

James Allen was the first person to start hybridizing snowdrops in the late 19th Century and Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society are aiming to make the town famous for the snowdrop again.

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop project planters

http://www.sheptonhortsoc.org.uk/snowdrop-project

http://www.sheptonmalletjournal.co.uk/…/story-29…/story.html

Tips & Auxins

April 11th, 2016

The last of the pruning is done, working from a ladder I thinned the growing tips of the trees to ensure the leader is clear of side shoots.  The plant hormone auxin is produced in the growing tips creating cell elongation in plant cells (extension growth).  Removing side shoots allows the auxins to be most concentrated in the tip of the central leader therefore encouraging fast growth in height.

It is a good idea to get the tree to grow to its full height as quickly as possible, once side branches get established low down then they divert sap from the leader.

Working with willow

April 2nd, 2016

Photographer Heather Edwards, visited to take a series of pictures of me working with willow, the whole set will be published next year…