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Turn of the Seasons

 

 

 

The weather is teasing at the moment. Lulling, caressing winds with almost a hint of warmth alternate with gales and cold. The garden responds by carrying on. Bulbs continue to flower. Shrubs continue to offer their sharply scented inconspicuous flowers this time of year, hidden beneath evergreen leaves which protect the delicate blossom from rain and wind in the hope…

26/02
2017
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New Year's Resolutions 2017

I seem to have become one of those people who have a blog yet do not write but sporadically. I set out with good intentions once upon a time but as my work load increased and my free time decreased, the blog posts seem to have waned and then rather pathetically tapered off...

My resolution for 2017 is to write more. And yet, I realise, I am better at not writing. Social media has taught…

03/01
2017
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Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent

A visit to Trentham to see the planting by Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart-Smith

13/09
2016
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August Days

August rolled in with a shock of heavy rain of the 1st but this has since been followed with days of hot golden hazy sunshine. It is 'proper' summer weather, with the heat shimmering of the fields and in the garden. The fields around us are being cut and, on some nights, the noise of the combine harvesters working away send us off to sleep with a lullaby of muffled machinery. 

The field…

08/08
2016
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Cutting Garden and Planting

May has vanished in a cloud of cold air and we all welcomed in June this past weekend wearing shorts and suncream. I cannot remember ever being cold enough to light the fire in the kitchen log-burner over May Half-Term before this past week but it was very cold here in Wyck! What a change the weekend brought!

07/06
2016
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The One about Woolbeding

A warm sunny day in May in Sussex. What to do... what to do... And so to Woolbeding for the first time. 

Woolbeding

01/06
2016
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Rousham in the Winter

 

 

Much has been written about Rousham over the centuries. The house, which was built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. The garden was laid out by Charles Bridgeman in 1737 and then updated and improved in 1741 by William Kent, who also added the two wings to the house. Both house and garden are remarkably…

25/02
2016
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A Year in Review - Twelve Gardens Visited in 2015

One of the most important aspects to my jobs is finding inspiration to keep projects different and to keep learning about this process of designing gardens. Part of this means getting out there, looking at other gardens for new ideas or planting combinations and keeping an open mind. I am constantly asked how I keep my style fresh and the answer is to really leave the office. armed with camera and…

27/01
2016
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There's Something in the Forest...

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know I live not far from Alice Holt Forest, the royal forest in Hampshire which once provided the timber for the British Navy based in Portsmouth. And because it is so close to my house, I do go there often to exercise the dog. And this…

14/01
2016
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Instagram Best of 2015

I don't know if you have seen this app on instagram (Best of 2015) but this shows the nine most 'liked' photos I posted in the past twelve months. I think this is brilliant - it shows the best bits of my job in one place. It also shows how many gardens I visit in the course of the year. It is always refreshing and educational to see how others have created their outdoor space. I feel it is incredibly…

03/01
2016
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