I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine here in England, it’s a lovely time of year… the roses are starting to bloom and gardens still have that fresh, green look. We’re all hoping the sunshine will last through to next weekend, when most of us have an extra day off work to celebrate the Queens diamond jubilee. You […]
Archives for May 2012
I saw this lovely plant at the Chelsea Flower Show this week on the RBC Blue Water Garden, designed by Nigel Dunnett. Lilium martagon (turks cap lily) is a rather refined, elegant plant, very different to it’s showier, large flowering cousins such as the Madonna Lily. This particular variety is called Lilium martagon ‘Orange Marmalade’. […]
I had a fabulous day at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday and was delighted to find out today that Cleve West had not only won a gold medal, but the garden had been awarded ‘best in Show’. This is all the more impressive because the standards were so high, with some real quality show gardens […]
I was in Spain a couple of weeks ago and visited the Picasso museum in Malaga, which was really enjoyable. I have to say the design of the building itself was almost as good as it’s contents. We left through a door at the back of the building and came across this fabulous fig tree.
May is one of the loveliest times of the year here and it’s usually the time when we start using our garden more. A garden is a great asset, somewhere to sit and relax or just to potter around in and enjoy how everything is developing. But if you’re unhappy with how your garden looks and don’t […]
This week my Friday inspiration is the architectural detail of tiles around this little window, typical of the *Arts & Crafts style of architecture.
It was about 17 years ago that I tentatively began a garden design for my very first clients in south London. I have to admit to being very nervous starting out all those years ago, but I knew, even then, how important it was to listen to them and interpret their needs to create […]