Thursday, 30 December 2010

Yule tidings

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all who read this

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Stay in and keep warm

Listening to tales of people trapped overnight in their vehicles on the M8 motorway makes me ruminate on how all of us in the landscape industry should deal with winter weather. Last week I was supposed to have meetings with a couple of contractors near to Pitlochry but couldn't even get out of the street I live in. Luckily most of my work is carried out in the office but I do need to go out on site from time so heavy snow can disrupt my work pattern and throw off future planning. I had tree surgeons in to a garden in Edinburgh to remove a dangerous tree just before the snow began and I hate to think what the weight of snow on it would have done if they had been delayed even for a couple of days.  Especially since there are neaby buildings as you can see from the photo os the space left by the felled tree.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Season of mists (?) etc

There's something very satisfying about kicking your way through piles of fallen leaves. Especially when the sun is shining through and on Autumn leaves in their full glory and seed-heads abound on a variety of different plants. A day like today reminds me how lucky I am to live in a beautiful city like Edinburgh, especially with the botanic gardens only a 10 minute walk away. The gardens were full of happy contented people today of all ages and from several countries going by the mix of overheard languages. Reminds me why I decided to make my living from the world of gardening.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Arts & Crafts house in Fife

Initial design carried out for an interesting project refurbishing the garden of this house designed by a well-known architect.  Many challenges lie ahead but v exciting.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

I do small as well!

Just a quick photo to show that I don't just get involved in larger projects!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Perthshire pond

Clients have planted their pond and it's taking shape nicely

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Fife in the rain

Amazing how a few trees and a stretch of meadow grass can be so atmospheric when you add a bit of rain

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Garden in Edinburgh revisited

Visit to a previous project (completed over 3 years ago) to look at a tree that seems to suffering from stress. Will monitor the situation over the summer before deciding what action to take.

Thursday, 8 July 2010


Down to Dunbar to meet with a potential new client and look at the site - a very steep slope close to the beach.  Took the time to check out a garden completed 6 years ago.  Similar slope to the new garden.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Sunshine in Argyll

Over to Loch Fyne to drop off some plants.  Beautiful sunny day and the irises are coming in to flower. Happy days!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Broughty Ferry Revisited

Up to Broughty Ferry garden - - to check winter damage and see how plants are growing in general.  Overall things are looking good although there have been some losses.  The sunshine helped make it a fun visit as did the clients' enthusiasm.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Trying to catch up

Out to Midlothian to check how some of last year's planting in a woodland garden has recovered (or not!) from the ravages of the severe winter.  Less bad than feared a month ago - less than 5% will need to be replaced.  Been a busy few weeks visiting a new site near Pitlochry, checking on outstanding work in Fife and Renfrewshire, chasing contractors for costings and keeping clients aware of how things stand.  The sunshine makes it all fun again.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A braw place tae bide when the sun shines

Over to Argyll.  The sun shone, the plants were green and the water sparkled on the lochs.  No better place than Scotland to live on days like this and what a great job I have at times!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Dumfries & Galloway garden

Down to the Solway coast to look at a new site.  Great views over the Solway to the Cumbria coast from the front while the rear is a little dell partially surrounded by woodland - a chance for something special!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Edinburgh garden after the winter

Dropped in to chat to a client and to check any winter damage to planting carried out last year.  Not too many losses given the severity of the weather, I'm glad to say!

Garden Design Guru: Carol’s Garden of the Month: Rousham Oxfordshire

A description of a visit to one of the most influential gardens created in the early days of the English Landscape movement:
Garden Design Guru: Carol’s Garden of the Month: Rousham Oxfordshire
see for info

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Design accepted

Client e-mailed to accept a recent design.  Meeting will have to be arranged to discuss costs, phasing of work and other matters before more detailed design work can commence.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Fife wildlowers

Up to North Fife to check the wildflowers and fruit bushes planted by a local contractor.   Doesn't look much just now, particularly since they're surrounded by temporary rabbit netting but will hopefully create a centrepiece to the meadow in the months and years to come.  Also spent some time carrying out a woodland survey so that refurbishment of the Eastern section can be carried out later in the year (once the detailed design has been carried out).

Friday, 16 April 2010

Midlothian treehouse

Tree house construction completed in a woodland area of a Midlothian garden.  Much loved by the children according to the client.  Time to get the planting finished!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Wildflowers for Fife

Dropped off some wildflower plugs to a site in Fife to be planted into an existing stretch of grassland.  The contractor intends planting them on Friday so hope there's some rain over the weekend.  As well as the wildflowers a small orchard area will be planted to include Blueberries and dwarf sweet Cherries.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Visit in the rain to a Perthshire project.  Additional purchase of a field means the 5 acre garden will be extended.  So the first task is to get some windbreaks planted in time for the growing season.  No pressure there then.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Visit to North Fife

Went to look at a potential new project yesterday.  House in brilliant position on the water's edge with great views but the current garden an uninviting mess full of concrete block walls and concrete paving.  Interesting challenge!

Friday, 19 March 2010

Toe in the water

Well here we go.  I've joined the wonderful world of blogging.  Now all I have to do is post thoughts of interest to others!