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.

Specimen tree planting – Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds

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Oct 302015
 

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.

 

Walk like an Egyptian

Walk like an Egyptian

Day release

Day release

Arbutus unedo - bins screened.

Arbutus unedo – bins gone.

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

 

Quarel with my Quarry – A rocking Yorkshire adventure

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Nov 062013
 

Sadly, one of the most exciting projects i have been involved with this year i cannot share with you. A wretched but necessary Non Disclosure Agreement was agreed. It has been very exciting….however, i can share with you my latest adventure to Yorkshire. In this secret garden there are some massive two ton lumps of York stone which, when we built the garden a few years ago were craned in. Now the garden needs updating and some smaller stones adding to it. Unfortunately there is no crane so we have to carry them through the house, into the lift and out into the garden. To ensure we have stones of a suitable match which are manageable I went to the same quarry which gave birth to the originals – http://www.randandasquith.co.uk/ up in Yorkshire.

After a tour around the yard we went to the quarry, I was shown a very, very big pile of rocks and told to help myself. It took two days to pick out seven of them.

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The dressing yard. This lot was off to Bath.

Err...I want the one at the back please

Err…I want the one at the back please

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A 40 ton hand

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‘We’re not afraid of a bit of stock,’ he told me

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The collection of leftovers was amazing. These bull-nosed steps are now waiting in my lockup for the right project

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‘Mud, we do rocks and mud,’ the foreman says to me after i step in a big squashy lump of it

 

 

Oct 042012
 

Always concentrating on the job at hand means i very rarely remember to record the work. Here a client very kindly recorded a tree being felled in his Cheltenham Garden.

The client had decided that it was a time for a change in their Tivoli garden, Cheltenham and wanted to remove a group of conifers. They kindly the filmed the final moments of the largest one. This fell was a little difficult as any errors meant their Cheltenham house would get damaged. So accuracy was paramount! Fortunately we got it right and the tree went exactly where we wanted. Now we are to replant with a selection of deciduous shrubs and replace the plants against the fence with some evergreen screening.

 

 

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.

Jan 042012
 
A new update to our projects page details: Some fun we had as Landscape gardeners in Cheltenham, September last year turning a pond into a Bog garden and Floral River.

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After

After