Inspiration from Lyme Regis

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Nov 2014 in Inspiration

Lyme Regis bay Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I spent a few glorious hours in Lyme Regis yesterday so I thought I’d share some of the photographs I took whilst I was there.

Garden walkway at Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Lights at Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It’s such a wonderful place, especially at this time of year when there aren’t as many tourists around.  Yesterday was quite warm and sunny, but the sea breeze was still a bit bracing and I don’t think you can beat the feeling of the cool salty breeze on your face.

Walking along The Cobb Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The Cobb is famous and probably one of the few harbour walls that you’re allowed to walk on although, quite understandably, they do forbid it when the sea is rough and winds are high.

Most of the images were taken around The Cobb harbour as there were lots of interesting fishing nets, pots and textures.  These steps on to the harbour wall, for example…

Steps on The Cobb Lisa Cox Garden Designs

On top of The Cobb in Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Lyme Regis harbour Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Cobbled road Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I loved the warm rusty colour of the steel on this interesting wooden “thing” …

Rusty metal in Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Rusted metal and wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And the lobster and crab pots made for some interesting photographs too…

Lobster Pots in Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Fishing boat rope Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Crab nets at Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We watched this boat bring in his catch of crab for the day- I think it looks glorious in the sunshine.

Fishing boat in Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

A few years ago Lyme Regis was under threat and there has been a huge investment of cash to prevent the cliff from falling into the sea.  I’ve blogged about the gardens at Lyme Regis before and the gardens now are lovely, especially at this time of year when the pampas grass seems to light up.

The last two photographs were taken in the car park at the top of the hill, this majestic and beautiful pine tree dominating the landscape…

Pine tree at Lyme Regis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And I noticed the posts of the metal fencing which had ammonites cast into them.

Ammonite detail on metal fencing Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos – if you’ve never been to Lyme, it definitely worth a detour if you’re ever down that way.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

Introducing garden joiner – Jonathan Blackburn

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Nov 2014 in From the drawing board, Inspiration

garden bench peg back detail by Jonathan Blackburn

I’m always looking for talented craftsmen (and women!) to work with and earlier this year I met Jonathan Blackburn, a brilliant garden joiner based in Oxfordshire. Read more

Where do you get your inspiration from?

2 Written by Lisa on 12th Nov 2014 in Inspiration

The South Downs Way Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Everyone needs a bit of inspiration now and again and for me it’s not only integral for keeping my design work interesting, but it’s also part of keeping myself energised, positive and happy. Read more

A walk to find some inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Nov 2014 in Inspiration

Perovskia at St Marys Church Leatherhead Lisa Cox

I was feeling in need of a bit of inspiration yesterday so I took my camera with me for a blast of fresh air.  Leatherhead has some lovely and interesting architecture and St Mary’s Church is really interesting with its flint walls and public garden which always looks great in late summer and early autumn. Read more

The power of yellow…do you love to hate it?

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Yellow day lilies at Loseley Park hemerocallis

When I first start to talk to clients about plants, the majority of people say that they don’t want any yellow.  From experience what they actually mean is that there’s a particular plant with a particular tone of yellow that they don’t like or want in the garden. Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Three…Rotterdam

2 Written by Lisa on 31st Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund wooden yellow walkway Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This is the last blog post about my trip to The Netherlands last week and today I’m going to share some of the images I took in Rotterdam where we spent most of day two. Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Two…The Nurseries

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Oct 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Field grown trees at Boomkwekerij Ebben Nursery Holland Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Earlier this week I shared some images of the Villa Augustus hotel.  But today I want to share some photos of some of the fabulous nurseries we visited whilst we were there.  Most of the images were taken on my phone so they’re not really up to scratch, but I hope you enjoy all the same… Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part One…Hotel Villa Augustus

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Villa Augustus Hotel Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I spent 3 amazing days in The Netherlands with some fellow UK based garden designers.  The trip was organised by Henk de Jong, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, and Andrew Fisher-Tomlin. Read more

The best gardening gloves in town

1 Written by Lisa on 24th Oct 2014 in Design Tips

atlas-variety-pack-6-pairs-atlas-370-gloves

I’ve recently ordered a new box of Atlas gardening gloves and it wasn’t until I was placing the order that I realised the last batch lasted me 5 years!  I was first introduced to them when I worked with Garden Designer, Fiona Stephenson, and I’ve used them ever since. Read more

5 trees that work hard in all seasons

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the autumn when the leaves start to turn and the colours become warm and vibrant.  This year it seems to be taking a while to get going, in fact yesterday it was a barmy 20 degrees in Surrey, but there are some signs that the trees are turning. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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