Friday, 30 September 2011
It's always enjoyable to return to a project after 10 years to see how it has matured, how the spaces work to create an integrated landscape, what works and what could have been done better. The setting for this garden made it a challenge - you can't compete with a loch and mountains but you can introduce human scale and allow them to set the scene.
Thursday, 18 August 2011
grounded design: Beyond the Border 4: Maintaining Perennials to Las...: This is the final post in a series I’ve been doing on how to design perennials and grasses in landscape settings. By landscape settings, I’...
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
grounded design: Beyond the Border Part 2: Massing Matters: "The same rules that create impact and drama in art can be applied to perennial planting. My last post set up my proposition that perennia..."
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Across to Loch Fyne to meet with client and gardener and to see the results of the harsh winter. Deer jumped the nearby deer fence and got into the garden and nibbled Azaleas of all things! This may have contributed to the death of one of them found in a nearby field. Both a wildcat and a pine marten were spotted in the vicinity during the harsh conditions so the wildlife were severely under stress.
The ornamental meadow has been left uncut until now giving an air of happy chaos to the entrance drive with its mixture of straw and seed heads. It has given much needed protection to the resting plants and shelter no doubt to many overwintering larvae and even small mammals. It will be cut soon to reveal the new basal growth and to let the light in. The year is moving into spring and optimism!
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
grounded design: Is Your Planting Evocative or Provocative?: "The secret of great planting revealed. Of all my various rants, one point I am consistent: planting design is an art. Planting design..."