Glorious June …..

Hybrid musk roses (Penelope & Buff Beauty), Rugosa roserie de l’hay

Glorious June …

Artichokes, elephant garlic and Allium Purple Rain

More colour in June

Also mid-summer, self-sown red valerian (Centranthus ruber), Geranium Brookside, yellow Phlomis fruticosa

More orange …..

Mid-summer, Eremurus Cleopatra and Geum Princess Juliana in a new bed

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