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.

Broadway tower

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.

‘He’ll get the birch’

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Dec 242013
 

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.

Stone lane birches

Stone lane birches

B. Mt Luoji

B. Mt Luoji

Landscape gardeners Cheltenham

B. ‘Forest Blush’

Garden designers in cheltenham

B ‘China Rose’

Cheltenham landscapers

Betula seedlings showing natural variation