We were recently commissioned to design what was an old vegetable garden into a walled garden, party garden with garden building to match. Here is our concept production. We are now working through samples and budget costings ahead of presenting and agreeing best way to proceed. Watch this space….!
A video of garden party from a project we just finished in Condicote, The Cotswolds. There are some nice night time pictures of the garden showing off our lighting design. We were also welcome guests and can been seen in the background if you look closely.
Party hosted by and videoed by – http://www.moversandshakerscocktails.co.uk/
Because we are so proud of our what we do we had this video commissioned of our landscaping work at Yelford Manor in the Cotswolds. Enjoy the summer breeze blowing through the site.
There are some beautiful shots of peak flowering through out this video and wonderful cameos from the insects. Be sure to watch it all!
Now just 12 days off of the solstice and i thought it was about time to update this blog as everyone is sleeping in, a rarity with two children under two.
As ever, we have been engaged in a range of projects from contemporary to the very traditional, everywhere in between and even a private playground. It has also been nice to see some of our bigger commissions from the last few years filling out and looking really lush this year. I offer some pictures of where we have been and what we have been doing.
I sit in the office reflecting on the year. We are two employees stronger, 5 in total and i have another heir with Floyd John Jones being born in a rush on the night of 19/9/15. We are in a good place. The order book is full until April with a series of diverse, challenging and interesting projects. While we are in the process of finishing off some of our best work to date.
Below are some pictures of works over the last few months and i thank you for taking the time to look at this blog while wishing you the festive best and an enjoyable 2016.
We recently cleared an over grown border in Lower Slaughter for planting in the spring. While this was much needed it was apparent afterwards that removing a tree from my home opened up views of the bin store from the neighbouring hotel. A big evergreen tree required.
The problem was the only access into the garden was a through a 95cm wide gate which meant we couldn’t get any machinery in. Cue a few tricks learnt over the years for moving things you can’t lift or drag.
It felt like time for an update of the fun we have been having through the winter. We seem to have been fortunate with the weather which has allowed us to get on with some really good work and the diary is slowly filling up with bigger and better projects for the spring and early summer.
After finishing my training at RHS Wisley nearly 5 years ago, gulp, I spent some time working in rural Holland as described in other places on this site. One afternoon while busy working in the Nursery a lovely but out of place Yorkshire lilt was audible across the beds. I said hello and spent a delightful few hours speaking with Stephen and Kim of Dove Cottage Nurseries. In short, they run a beautiful garden and nursery near Huddersfield in the naturalised style popularised by Oudolf and were travelling around Holland and west Germany to see the concentration of gardens and nurseries who work in this style. Anyway, I was invited along to see their garden and nursery should i ever be travelling nearby.
Last week a visit to a quarry took me just down the road and 4 and half years later i made the visit. The wait was worth every day and i would have waited longer. A beautiful garden run by beautiful people and a very interesting selection of plants of which some filled the hire car on the way home. Some so interesting there are probably less than 20 pots in the uk and will see their way into wider cultivation over the next few years. Hopefully we can propagate and be able to offer them to our clients.
I shall let the pictures speak for themselves, although the light was a bit problematic so some are a bit flat. if you ever get the chance make the trip. You won’t be disappointed.
Last week I took part in the final of the regional Young Horticulturalist and WON! So now i get to take part in the Grand Final; in Norwich against the other finalists from all over Great Britain. The competition is open to anyone over under the age of 30 on July 31st of this year. There were 2000 applicants nationwide and 8, including me, are in the Grand final.
The regional final took place at Pershore college and took form of a question directed or open, buzzer controlled, on a general range of horticultural subjects. There were also a couple of identification rounds, one plant identification and one pest and disease. There were two points on offer per question. The grand final is much the same format however, the winner receives a £2000 travel bursary to study plants where every they may choose. Here are some pictures from the evening.
Not a punishment for speeeling errors in my homework, or a flagellated Scandinavian loosening of the pores in the sauna but sleeping beauties from Stone Lane Gardens have arrived.
We have all seen white Betula utilis (Himalayan birches) in fancy office block car parks, show gardens, designer magazines or public gardens. If you have not, then start looking as you move about the internet or the built environment and you shall see them. They’re wide spread use is because these ARE GREAT TREES. Lovely bark in the winter, an open and not too spreading a canopy and roots not so demanding that they prevent the growth of all but nettles underneath them making them perfect for the garden. Their timescale fits with ours too…
Yes trees are great, but in most cases we plant for posterity and enjoy the labours of those before us. However, birches look their best in our timescale. The trees photographed below are 7-12 years from planting and will reach their best around 25 years. This is, for the average tenure of a homeowner just perfect. Sold? I’ll plant you another white multi-stemmed birch….BUT WAIT, there is a new way.
From recent seed collections in China and the Himalayas we now have access to trees with a wider range of colours. These pictures below were taken at the the national collection and my supplier ‘s garden, Stone Lane. I have spoken to those who have seen forests of these trees in the wild and I can onvly enviously imagine that it must be one of natures grandest sites.
In the latest planting we are planting groves to subtly shift in colour from orange through to red and then to pink to back a large pond.