Halfway post – 2016

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Jun 132016
 

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.

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Cornus kousa, atop of the wildflower meadow atop the best garden playground in Cheltenham.

Our party trick. Burying trampolines. We have done it a couple of times. It is always much more work than you appreciate but so effective.

Our party trick – burying trampolines. We have done it a couple of times. It is always much more work than you appreciate but so effective.

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Work continues at Yelford Manor. Here the patio is starting to settle in.

A close up of our attention to detail stone work.

A close up of our attention to detail stone work.

This is a transition area in a garden in Cheltenham between the edible and the ornamental garden. Deliberately loose. Forest garden style.

This is a transition area in a garden in Cheltenham between the edible and the ornamental garden. Deliberately loose. Forest garden style, you can see Rhubarb, mixing with Chives and Rosemary. Valeriana officinalis used here as an ornamental.

Apr 062015
 

Part of my extraordinary enjoyment in this work is the wonderful places it takes me. I have been lucky enough to see some not many do and that many would like to. A recent project has made a new entry into my top ten work places. We are implementing the first phase in what i hope will become a multi layered garden landscape built considerately over a few years.

 

Chris loves his job nearly as much as me

Chris loves his job nearly as much as me

Moody morning in the garden

Moody morning in the garden

Unloading some native specimen trees

Unloading some native specimen trees

Top right; a solar eclipse. These don't expose too well on a phone

Top right; a solar eclipse. These don’t expose too well on a phone

 

Apr 062015
 

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.

 

Our newest member, Callum, was very happy with his first garden in Cheltenham

Our newest member, Callum, was very happy with his first garden in Cheltenham

A simple design which shall reveal itself once the summer comes

A simple design which shall reveal itself once the summer comes

A surprising scene plant buying in the West Midlands

A surprising scene plant buying in the West Midlands

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The little one auditions for a Terry Gilliam film

 

Part way through a recent large Yorkstone patio

Part way through a recent large Yorkstone patio

An example of a recent proposal

An example of a recent proposal

The garden design for our next project

The garden design for our next project

 

Jun 222014
 

WHOOOWHAAA…….this feels like sound i should have been making over the last few months as i have been riding the busiest rollacoaster of work i have yet known! I think, although it has been a blur, that it has been 3 months since i have stopped to think, eat a proper meal and not been looking at this computer screen until late at night.

It was last night walking around my own garden when i stopped at the first Echinacea flower emerging to think – ‘Already, that’s early for the beginning of June’,…..err, nope, June 21st has come, been celebrated and gone! Wow that came round quick and the best thing, i have got to share it for the first time with our little daughter! What a joy.

So enough of this…i thought a few pictures to share of what and where we have been doing it over the last few months.

 

31 st luke rd areas final shadows

This is a concept presented this week to a client after our first consultation. We have been commissioned to go ahead with it and shall be looking forward to building it in the autumn.

Cheltenham plants and landscaping

Now in its second full year of growth I just had to stop and grab a picture of this planting in central Cheltenham we did a few years ago the other day

Original Carl Linnaeus

As part of the Young Horticulturalist of the Year competition, we were shown around the John Innes library and got to see these original copies of Carl Linnaeus’ Sspecies Plantarum

Cheltenham garden Alliums

We plant a lot of Alliums. They are a cheap and effective way to add a bit of colour before the season and rest of the garden has got fully going.

Wild spring flowers, Gloucestershire

On a family day out we went to visit the rather eccentrically built Broadway tower. You can see 16 counties from the top. These Buttercups and Hawthorns were spectacular.

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The family

Gifts while working in a garden

Bank holiday treats – While working on one of the May bank holidays these wonderful clients brought me out a treat….

Large Cheltenham Patio

We also had fun building this large patio.

Jul 252012
 

Thankfully the rain has cleared and we have been able to get stuck into some work. However, i thought i would post a range of pictures from what and what i have been doing in and around Cheltenham gardens over the last few weeks.

 

I have been enjoying the senescence of the allium seed heads. This snail spent a few evenings hiding in here.

Inula ‘Sonnenstrhal’ and Veronicsatrum ‘Fascination’ in my garden

72 m of water source heat pump pipes

Just outside of Cheltenham, in Coberley, we were asked by a client to put in 72m of pipes for a water source heat pump which the client as having installed. The trench had to be 1m x 1m which means we shifted 72m of soil which is 115.2tons…!

Campanula carpatica

 

A very kind man, John Grimshaw, took me to see Sibylle Kreutzberger’s garden as featured in this months RHS Garden magazine. I have more images to post from the very inspiration evening with two of the best gardners in the country and one at of the best private gardens around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds. I like this combinations of Campanula carpatica and this yellow Oreganum vulgare ‘Aureum crispum’. Simple and a very effective ground cover. More to follow. Now i must go to the gardens.