GARDEN DESIGN BLOG. IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND NEWS

Please do browse my garden design blog; in it you’ll find garden ideas, inspiration and product reviews, reports from Shows including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, pretty pictures from places I’ve been, a bit of arty stuff (paintings and drawings) and anything else I find interesting that I think you might enjoy too.

Dorset inspiration

I thought you might like to see some pics I took on Monday evening at Seatown, a coastal hamlet near Chideock, which is roughly halfway between Lyme Regis and Bridport. There’s always something new and exciting to see or feel at the coast which is why it’s often the sea that draws me if I need re-charging, but Monday was […]

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Design for Somerset garden

I’ve just completed the outline design for this garden near Langport in Somerset.  It’s an interesting one because the garden wraps all around the house and there are fabulous views; the first being a problem to overcome, the second being something you want to make the most of. This is the view from the main […]

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Design Consultations

I went to a potentially very pretty garden this week (which the owner is quite prepared to admit is a bit of a mess at the moment – but then that’s why she asked me to visit!). While in an ideal world it would be great to have the budget to create an amazing garden […]

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Garden Quote

I was in Sherborne today and saw a postcard with this Chinese proverb which I thought was rather splendid; “If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a long time, fall in love. If you want to be happy forever, make a garden!” (this […]

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Hand drawn vs CAD

There’s a bit of snobbery going on in the garden design world, between those who draw their plans by hand and those who use CAD (computer aided design), and both think they’re right. The hand-drawing devotees – using tracing paper and a pencil – swear that it’s the only way to make sure that designs […]

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snowdrops and ivy

I put this little pot of snowdrops on my windowsill so I could play around with a light and dark background behind the flowers, and a bit of reflected light on the pot.  The contrasts between light and dark, and with strong geometry behind plants, is a theme I come back to time and again (and […]

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