The colour orange in spring

At this time of year when the predominant colours are yellow (daffodils and primroses) and blue (forget-me-nots), more and more, I like orange tulips.  They go so well with the dry colours of late winter – sage, phlomis, cistus – and the new growth of spring.

Folly on the Isle of Wight

A photo of the cupola made and in place ….

A folly on the Isle of Wight

This was a nice surprise, five years after I had produced a sketch design for a cupola to embellish a folly on the Isle of Wight – and had forgotten all about it – I was sent some photos of it.  Here’s the sketch which I believe hangs in the folly and a photo of thing itself

Oak garden seat with a view

Mark Lutyens garden seat under a plane tree in Somerset.  Deigned by ML and made by master craftsman Rob Hibberd. (St Patrick’s Day 2021)lutyens, seat, plane tree, somerset

Hillsborough Castle

Mark sitting on his tree seat in a cloud of blue cornflowers, in the new walled garden at Hillsborough Castle, July 2019

Hillsborough Castle


The Dovecote or Shell House in the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle: Designed by Mark Lutyens & Catherine FitzGerald; made by craftsmen from The Prince’s Trust, 2019

A garden in East Somerset


A folly in the Walled Garden made from stone and stag-head oak: Designed by Mark Lutyens & Catherine FitzGerald; made by Rob Hibberd, Autumn 2019

Hillsborough Castle


Circular metal tree seat for the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle. Designed by Mark Lutyens: made locally. Tree in centre = Pyrus Silver Sails

Slade Farm


Inscribed stone slab on a ferny wall at Slade Farm, Exmoor: text Andrew Marvell; design Mark Lutyens; carved by Tom Perkins

Hillsborough Castle


The new pool and plantings in the Jubilee Garden at Hillsborough Castle, June 2019