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In the vegetable garden

I am just back from a few days away, and as usual, after unloading the car, I head straight for the garden.  As I bend down to the soil to root out those weeds, the smell of the earth and the chattering birds in in the trees above, soothe my soul, washing away the hubbub of the day. …

Low maintenance

In this raised front garden the lawn has been replaced with gravel and low maintenance planting to provide year round interest as well as a good source of pollen and nectar for insects. The lavander and catmint require clipping once a year, the neat mounds of lavander provide structure throughout the winter months whilst primulas…

Garden for bee keeper – Shepton Mallet

This garden has an outlook onto rolling Somerset hills and was commisioned by a bee keeper.  Local stone was used to create a curved dry stone retaining wall, the planting was more formal (blues and purples) nearest the house merging to less formal dogwoods for winter colour and structure further away from the house.   An emphasis on underplanting…

Sculpture trail

I spent one week working with pupils creating willow art work as well as working in the small copse in the school grounds.  The projects involved hands on coppicing, making living hazel arches, willow flowers, large willow spiders and large willow fish.  During a follow up week I helped on the project building a timber…

Working my wood

The third season of coppicing in my wood, the overstood hazel understory has been removed now I am felling the ash which was shading the woodland floor.  I need to organise a work party to help carry all the ash logs out.