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Hampton Court Round-Up

Scorching hot weather set the scene for 2017's Hampton Court Flower Show and I ventured out for not one, but two days to fully take in the sights.

07/07
2017
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Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent

A visit to Trentham to see the planting by Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart-Smith

13/09
2016
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August Days

August rolled in with a shock of heavy rain of the 1st but this has since been followed with days of hot golden hazy sunshine. It is 'proper' summer weather, with the heat shimmering of the fields and in the garden. The fields around us are being cut and, on some nights, the noise of the combine harvesters working away send us off to sleep with a lullaby of muffled machinery. 

The field…

08/08
2016
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Cutting Garden and Planting

May has vanished in a cloud of cold air and we all welcomed in June this past weekend wearing shorts and suncream. I cannot remember ever being cold enough to light the fire in the kitchen log-burner over May Half-Term before this past week but it was very cold here in Wyck! What a change the weekend brought!

07/06
2016
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The One about Woolbeding

A warm sunny day in May in Sussex. What to do... what to do... And so to Woolbeding for the first time. 

Woolbeding

01/06
2016
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Rousham in the Winter

Much has been written about Rousham over the centuries. The house, which was built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. The garden was laid out by Charles Bridgeman in 1737 and then updated and improved in 1741 by William Kent, who also added the two wings to the house. Both house and garden are remarkably little changed…

25/02
2016
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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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Tulip Time - Garden Visit to Ulting Wick in Essex

Ulting Wick near Maldon in Essex is known for it's tulips. My recent visit to see the gardens did not disappoint!

The view from the entrance to the garden is of deep planting and singing colours. It is all set against the lush backdrop of the River Chelmer as it winds its way through the garden. 

I first met…

22/05
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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