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Turn of the Seasons

The weather is teasing at the moment. Lulling, caressing winds with almost a hint of warmth alternate with gales and cold. The garden responds by carrying on. Bulbs continue to flower. Shrubs continue to offer their sharply scented inconspicuous flowers this time of year, hidden beneath evergreen leaves which protect the delicate blossom from rain and wind in the hope of luring a passing solitary…

26/02
2017
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Oudolf Field - Hauser & Wirth Somerset

I considered my visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset on Thursday this past week to be a research trip more than a jolly day out of the office. More than anything, it was an opportunity to study the plants and planting used by landscape designer Piet Oudolf. I am familiar with his work at Bury Court, which is minutes from…

03/10
2015
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Garden Visit - Chawton Open Gardens

June is a busy month here for garden designers. I have been madly finishing drawings for clients who are looking forward to their holidays and sending out quotes for projects to start in the autumn. 

There is something about the lure of an Open Garden Day for which I will drop work; the idea of being able to wander through other peoples gardens taking…

18/06
2015
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Tulips at Glenarm Castle, County Antrim

For the first time ever, I have been to Northern Ireland. A friend grew up there and extended a very kind invitation to myself and Wiltshire-based garden designer Alexandra Grey to spend three days at her family home visiting gardens. So of course we jumped at the chance. We flew to Belfast early Monday morning and hit the…

22/05
2015
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February rolls into March - what is happening in the garden?

Some gardeners hate February. I am not one of those people. I love the sudden changes in the weather - those days when the wind drops and in the sunshine it is almost warm enough to garden in a t-shirt yet in the deep shade of the hedges the frost remains all day. Those beautiful clear days are usually followed by cold nights, the stars close enough to touch, hard frosts, and then by seemingly never-ending…

01/03
2015
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The Perfect Sunday

I hope you were all outside yesterday. It was a great day - less wind, more sun - and thankfull it happened at the weekend!

My Sunday started in a relaxed fashion. A bit of a lie-in, followed by a bowl of porridge, a mug of coffee,  and in the background Radio 4 Desert Island Discs featuring Dan Pearson. Bliss.

It then continued outside into our garden for the first 'real' day of…

09/02
2015
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Loseley Park and The Garden Show

About this time of year, I start thinking of summer. The forecast snow has yet to appear but the cold bitter wind has sent me indoors to dream of long languid days spent sitting in the shade of a large tree. 

In July last year, I was invited to visit the Garden Show at Loseley Park. This is a sister show to the Garden Show at Stansted Park which I wrote

29/01
2015
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Home This Weekend

A weekend at home with no plans in the diary meant plenty of time in the garden and a chance to have a peek at an open garden in the next village.

15/06
2014
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Greenwich, The Crystal and the Society of Garden Designers Spring Conference

I was going to write all about the Society of Garden Designers Conference which was held this past Saturday in London. The speakers was interesting, informative, enthusiastic and intelligent. It was in my opinion, the best conference I have attended so far. Speakers Dan Hinkley, Sarah Eberle, James Wong and Made Wijaya work around the world and have been influenced and inspired by different sources. The theme 'Exotic' made people think it would be about planting in foreign lands but the Oxford Dictionary definition of Exotic as 'attractive or striking because colourful or out of the ordinary'or 'of a kind not ordinarily encountered, specially produced' may be more appropriate in this context. I left there inspired and excited, and headed to the O2.

27/04
2014
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Bank Holidays & the Garden at Wyck Farmhouse

The end of the school holidays looms after today and my children, who have spent an uneventful few weeks revising for exams, will go back to their schools tomorrow. This weekend though was all about friends, gardening, food and family.

21/04
2014
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