Yearly Archives: 2013

A vertical summer garden

On this grey November day, I comfort myself with this photo of the banked planting in the courtyard outside my office shot in late June. Achillea (A. Moonshine and Red Velvet), Eryngium Sapphire Blue, Lilium regale, Euphorbia characias, Linaria, alchemilla

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vines in Kensington

This is a contemporary pergola, an awning almost, in a south-facing garden in Kensington, London. It is made from stainless steel and heavy duty bamboo canes. Designed by Mark Lutyens; made by Mark Bazeley. It was installed about 5 years

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Millstone fountain

This is a small fountain we made 5 years ago – a millstone mounted in a stainless steel tank (made by Mark Bazeley, the Nottingham master fabricator) – which is the centre piece of a small geometric box (Buxus) parterre

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Isle of Wight Garden

High summer and a heatwave on the Isle of Wight has brought this new garden to life. The gravel garden plantings – Gaura, valerian, Verbena bonariensis, Eryngium, thymes, Stipa tenuissima etc – have exploded. See the earlier blog for a

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A Spring lawn with bulbs

A wildflower lawn with Spring bulbs in late May. Tulip Queen of the Night, Tulip Shirley, blue Camassia, daffodil Thalia; crabapple trees Malus Golden Hornet in background, and behind them pleached lime trees

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  Here at Great Western Studios we have rearranged and planted our little courtyard garden as part of Chelsea Fringe. Using basic materials – cattle troughs, 8ft canes, water and lead work – we have created a vertical garden –

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Spring planting in Maida Vale

At long last, it’s Spring! After a cold wet Winter in West London, from the mud and frozen ground come dafffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths to complement the hellebores

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Garden in St John’s Wood

Last year, there was a tired old garden here, and a tree. Now there’s a huge hole – but the tree remains. Next year – although hard to believe – once the builders have gone and the hole has been

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Tree planting in Hampshire

Late Winter tree planting in Hampshire. One of the advantages of this cold, dry weather is that it has been easy to move around on site, to drive across lawns without damaging them, to plant without getting covered in mud;

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