Wrapping up 2015

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Dec 142015
 

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.

 

A stone wall built to match recent extension. Lewis installing some lights for us

A stone wall built to match recent extension. Lewis installing some lights for us before adding to the existing paving.

Recomendation landscaping, Cheltenham

This un-prompted compliment was most welcome

A mixed selection of York stone cut by hand on site to minimise the jointing gap. Limestone cobbles sourced on site

A mixed selection of York stone cut by hand on site to minimise the jointing gap. Limestone cobbles sourced on site.

Yorkstone paving oxfordshire garden

Looks so shiny after cleaning

There was a bank of grass. The designer had the idea to make stone risers and grass treads. We found these cills from an old Mill House in Halifax which seem to have done the job perfectly. I think this is one of the best things we have ever built.

There was a bank of grass. The designer had the idea to make stone risers and grass treads. We found these cills from an old Mill House in Halifax which seem to have done the job perfectly. I think this is one of the best and most interesting things we have ever built.

'5 men went to lay, went to lay a meadow'. Not a true wildflower meadow but a pictorial meadow as seen at the Olympic Park.

‘5 men went to lay, went to lay a meadow’. Not a true wildflower meadow but a pictorial meadow as seen at the Olympic Park.

Laid and the grass seed starting to emerge.

Laid and the grass seed starting to germinate.

‘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