The swallows have gone and summer temperatures of 30 (or even 40!) degrees seem like a distant memory. This does not mean however that the garden should now wait until May. With a little ongoing maintenance over the autumn and winter months you can have a garden to enjoy come spring, rather than spend your … Continue reading October Gardening To Do List
I advocate making use of the garden 'down time' during autumn and throughout winter to get ahead of the game so that you can start enjoying the garden right from spring. If you wait until spring to restart your garden maintenance regime you may not be able to fully enjoy it until summer. Waiting until spring … Continue reading The Autumn Garden: To cut back, or not to cut back?
Previously living in Bristol not far from the edge of the Cotswolds and working mostly in Bath and the surrounds, I was often in contact with limestone. My journeys through the countryside from garden to garden were often guided by a labyrinth of limestone walls that define the aesthetic of the area. The light and … Continue reading Building a Dry Stone Wall
With my wish list compiled, having measured up, undertaken a stock check of the garden and evaluated the plot, I can now dive right into the fun stuff of organising the space and building upon my initial ideas. Aside from planting, this early stage of playing with shapes and evaluating ideas is my favourite part … Continue reading Planning my new garden: forming a basic layout concept
In my last post I talked about forming a basic wish list of requirements I want my new garden to fulfill before I take any steps to conceive the new garden design. Before getting stuck in, I have also taken a close look at the garden I already have. Measure up I always start by … Continue reading Planning my new garden: assessing the site
Years ago when I began practising law, I was told "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail" and this mantra also certainly rings true of garden design. Having moved to a new house in France, with around 1200m2 of accompanying land, I am almost spoiled for choice in comparison with my previous 70m2 garden in Bristol. … Continue reading Planning my new garden: first steps
Hello and welcome to my new blog. I will be using this blog to share with you the development of my new gardens, which will hopefully be a source of help and inspiration both to those new to gardening and experienced hands alike. I intend to take you through the project, right from development of … Continue reading Welcome (and October Gardening To Do List)
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